As European defense ministers gathered in Copenhagen on Thursday to discuss long-term support for the nation’s security against a Russian invasion, Britain and Denmark announced that they will increase their financial and military assistance to Ukraine.
Britain, which has already sent thousands of its troops military training and superior weaponry to Ukraine, announced that it would send additional multiple-launch rocket systems.
It would also donate a “significant number” of precision guided M31A1 missiles that can strike targets up to 80km away.
“This latest tranche of military support will enable the armed forces of Ukraine to continue to defend against Russian aggression and the indiscriminate use of long-range artillery,” UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said in a statement.
“Our continued support sends a very clear message, Britain and the international community remain opposed to this illegal war and will stand shoulder-to-shoulder, providing defensive military aid to Ukraine to help them defend against Putin’s invasion.”
At a summit in Copenhagen organized by Ukraine, Denmark, and Britain, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said that Denmark would raise its financial assistance to Ukraine by 110 million euros ($114 million).
“This is a war on the values that Europe and the free world are built upon … Today we reaffirm our commitment to support of Ukraine,” she said.
With the latest measures, Denmark will have given Ukraine more than $417 million in help since the war began (3 billion Danish crowns).
The purchase of weapons and the encouragement of the production of weapons will account for slightly more than half of the financial aid provided on Thursday. The remaining funds will be used for military training as well as the procurement of Danish weaponry and equipment.
In an effort to stem the tide of Russia’s invasion on February 24, the authorities in Kyiv pleaded with the West to supply more armaments, notably long-range artillery, before making the announcements.
Ukraine said earlier this month that Germany and the United States had delivered additional high-precision heavy weaponry to it.
Moscow claims it is carrying out a “special military operation” in Ukraine to protect Russia’s security against NATO expansion. Moscow has accused the West of prolonging the conflict by arming Ukraine.