UK Pledges Further Support for Ukraine

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak pledges additional support for Ukraine in its conflict with Russia, including funding for artillery ammunition and drones.

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has reaffirmed Britain’s commitment to supporting Ukraine in its struggle against Russia, announcing additional funding for vital artillery ammunition. This declaration of support comes on the heels of the recent delivery of 200 Brimstone anti-tank missiles, bolstering the total number of such missiles dispatched to Kyiv to over 1,300 since the outset of the conflict.

Defence Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed the UK’s dedication to supplying thousands of drones to Ukraine as part of an international coalition, with London taking a co-leadership role. Emphasizing the significance of Ukraine’s effective use of artillery in degrading Russia’s forces and thwarting significant breakthroughs, the Ministry of Defence highlighted the pivotal role of this weaponry.


In commemorating what he termed as a “grim anniversary” on Saturday (Feb 24), Sunak shared a video message expressing solidarity with Ukraine. He underscored the triumph of life over death and light over darkness, pledging unwavering support with the resounding Ukrainian slogan “Slava Ukraini” (“Glory to Ukraine”).

Despite undisclosed military casualty figures from Kyiv, U.S. officials estimate significant losses with approximately 70,000 soldiers killed and 120,000 injured. While casualties are also heavy on the Russian side, Moscow appears capable of replenishing its ranks through coercion, financial incentives, and its larger population.

In addition to military support, the UK has committed £8.5 million to the Red Cross and the Ukraine Humanitarian Fund, bolstering emergency responses and humanitarian assistance efforts across Ukraine. Of this amount, £6 million will support the Red Cross Movement’s impartial work, while £2.5 million will contribute to the Ukraine Humanitarian Fund under the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Earlier in the week, Ukrainian President Zelensky rejected Russia’s claims of seizing Krynky, Ukraine’s bridgehead on the Russian-occupied side of the Dnipro river. This comes amidst ongoing tensions and conflicting reports as Russia claimed new military successes ahead of the second anniversary of its “special military operation.”

As the conflict continues to unfold, Britain’s steadfast support for Ukraine underscores the international community’s commitment to upholding Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russian aggression.