The United Kingdom will begin supplying military helicopters to the Ukrainian forces as a part of the latest aid package greenlit by Prime Minsiter Rishi Sunak, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace revealed.
In a major development in the level of support for the Ukrainians against the Russian invaders, the British will for the first time be sending manned aircraft in the form of three anti-submarine Sea King helicopters. This comes on top of the ten thousand rounds of artillery shells and 125 anti-aircraft guns pledged by Rishi Sunak during his surprise meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv (Kiev) over the weekend, and over 1,000 anti-air missiles promised last month.
Announcing the plans from a meeting of European defence ministers in Norway on Wednesday, Ben Wallace said that it was the first time that the UK will send piloted military aircraft since the full-scale Russian invasion was renewed in February, The Telegraph reported.
Commenting on the latest aid package, the Defence Secretary said: “Our support for Ukraine is unwavering… These additional artillery rounds will help Ukraine to secure the land it has reclaimed from Russia in recent weeks.”