Britain to send long-range missiles to Ukraine after Russia hits Kyiv
The UK is to send its first long-range missiles to Ukraine after Russia struck the outskirts of Kyiv for the first time since April.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace has said Britain will send an unspecified number of M270 launchers, which can fire precision-guided rockets up to 50 miles – a longer range than any missile technology currently in use during the war.
“The UK stands with Ukraine in this fight and plays a leading role in providing its heroic troops with the vital weapons they need to defend their country against unprovoked invasion,” said Mr Wallace in a Ministry of Defense (MoD) statement.
“If the international community continues to provide support, I think Ukraine can win.
“As Russia’s tactics change, our support for Ukraine must also change. These highly capable multiple launch rocket systems will allow our Ukrainian friends to better protect themselves against the brutal use of long-range artillery. , which (Vladimir) Putin’s forces indiscriminately used to flatten the cities.”
Ukrainian troops will be trained in the UK to use the equipment, he added.
Boris Johnson said the systems will help Ukraine “effectively repel the continued Russian attack”.
“We cannot sit idly by while long-range Russian artillery razes towns and kills innocent civilians,” the prime minister said.