Russia is changing tactics’ UK sends anti-air missiles to Ukraine to adapt to new threat.
DEFENCE Secretary Ben Wallace announced to the House of Commons that the UK is considering sending anti-air missiles to Ukraine and additional non-lethal aid to combat Russia’s change in tactics.
Ben Wallace revealed the Russians are “changing their tactics” as the conflict “intensifies” and says the UK must do more to aid Ukraine in its fight. Mr Wallace announced to help Ukraine combat the Russian airforce, in light of a no-fly zone rejection, the UK would explore donating anti-air missiles to Ukraine to better their defences. Additionally, the UK would be increasing rations, medical equipment, and other non-lethal supplies to the warzone including an increase in humanitarian aid spending in what he says makes the UK the “single biggest bilateral humanitarian donor”.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Wallace announced new support measures the UK would be given to Ukraine.
He said: “As the conflict intensifies, Mr Speaker, the Russians are changing their tactics.
“And so the Ukrainians need to, we can all see that horrific devastation inflicted on civilian areas by Russian artillery and airstrikes, indiscriminate and murderous.
“It is vital therefore that Ukraine maintains its ability to fly and suppress Russian air attacks.
“To date, the international community has donated over 900 Man-Portable Air Defence missiles and thousands of anti-tank guided weapons of varying types, as well as various small arms.
“But the capability needs strengthening, so in response to Ukrainian requests, the Government has taken the decision to explore the donation of Starstreak high-velocity man-portable anti-air missiles.
“We believe that this system will remain within the definition of defensive weapons and will allow the Ukrainian forces to better defend their skies.”
Mr Wallace added the UK would be boosting their humanitarian support to Ukraine and would be offering more funds.