Britain to send ‘hundreds’ of long-range attack drones, missiles to Ukraine

Britain has announced plans to provide Ukraine’s Western-backed military with “hundreds” of long-range attack drones, coinciding with a high profile visit to London by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to ask for more weapons.

“Today the Prime Minister will confirm the further UK provision of hundreds of air defense missiles and further unmanned aerial systems, including hundreds of new long-range attack drones with a range of over 200km,” the government declared in a statement on Monday amid reports by the local media that visiting Zelensky was holding talks with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at the Chequers Court retreat.

“These will all be delivered over the coming months as Ukraine prepares to intensify its resistance” in the conflict against Russian forces, the Downing Street statement further vowed amid a new US-led push to supply Kiev with massive amounts of advanced weaponry in anticipation of widely publicized “spring counteroffensives” to retake territory lost to the Russians.

“This is a crucial moment in Ukraine’s resistance to a terrible war of aggression they did not choose or provoke,” Sunak claimed in a boastful statement ahead of their talks at the official country house.

Sunak’s remarks was described by local observers as quite ironic in view of Britain’s heavy involvement in destructive US-led wars of aggression against Afghanistan and Iraq amid its history of waging military interventions and establishing colonial rules in country’s across the globe.

Britain became the first western country to provide Kiev’s forces with a long-range cruise missile named the Storm Shadow.

The Storm Shadow is a turbojet-powered missile that cruises at Mach 0.8 to a max range of 560 kilometers.

Moscow has warned, however, that it will hold the countries supplying long range weaponry to Kiev responsible for any attack on Russian soil and that it reserves the right to response in kind.

Britain, after the US, is the second largest provider of advanced armaments and munitions to Ukraine.

Zelensky, who until recently was denied long-range weaponry for use against Russia, began talks with the British prime minister, who he has described as “my friend Rishi”.

The Ukrainian president in recent days has also held talks with the leaders of Germany, Italy and France, demanding from them to supply Kiev with more and better weapons to fight Russia.

Since Russia launched its special military operation in February 2022 as a security measure against the eastern advance of the US-led NATO military alliance as well as the protection of Ukraine’s Russian-speaking region, Ukraine has been flooded with tens of billions of dollars in Western armaments.

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