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Ukraine conflict: New UK government pledges continued military aid to Kyiv

The UK's latest military aid package to Ukraine includes 10 AS90 SPHs and 32 barrels allowing the guns to fire another 60,000 155 mm rounds (pictured during training of Ukrainian crews in southwestern England on 24 March 2023). (Getty Images/Finnbarr Webster)

UK Defence Secretary John Healey pledged a new military aid package for Ukraine while visiting the Ukrainian port of Odesa on 7 July.

After meeting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Defence Minister Rustem Umerov, Healey announced that the UK would provide Ukraine with a new military support package of ammunition, artillery, boats, and support vehicles. The package includes 250,000 rounds of 50 calibre ammunition; 90 Brimstone anti-armour missiles; 50 small military boats for riverine and coastal operations; 10 AS90 self-propelled howitzers (SPHs), 32 barrels for the AS90s previously delivered, and spare parts; 40 demining vehicles; and 61 bulldozers. The AS90 barrels will allow the SPHs to fire another 60,000 155 mm rounds, according to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) website.

Healey ordered an acceleration in the delivery of the UK military aid package pledged in April so it is completed within 100 days. On 22 April then Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced the UK's largest aid package to Ukraine, including over 1,600 strike and air-defence missiles and Storm Shadow cruise missiles; 160 Husky mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles, 162 other armoured vehicles and 78 all-terrain vehicles; 60 boats, including offshore raiding craft, rigid raiding craft, and dive boats, as well as naval guns; and nearly four million rounds of small arms ammunition.

The UK has provided over GBP7.6 billion (nearly USD9.8 billion) to Ukraine since the full-scale Russian invasion of the country on 24 February 2022.

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