British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced Friday a new multibillion-dollar aid package for Ukraine during a surprise visit to Kyiv, where he vowed British support for a decade.

The pledge came at a crucial time for Ukraine as its allies in Brussels and Washington struggle to secure funding while Russia bolsters its weapon stockpiles and the ranks of its armed forces.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky hailed the “unprecedented” 10-year security cooperation agreement as well as the £2.5 billion ($3.2 billion) in new military aid earmarked for 2024.

“Today marks a watershed moment in European history,” Zelensky told reporters at a joint appearance with Sunak in Kyiv.

The aid includes a wide range of arms and ammunition that are running in short supply in Ukraine – like artillery shells and drones – nearly two years into the grinding war.

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Sunak urged other Western countries to double down on their Ukraine support. 

“If Putin wins in Ukraine, he will not stop there, and our opponents around the world believe that we have neither the patience nor resources for long wars – so waver now and we embolden not just Putin but his allies in North Korea, Iran and elsewhere,” he said.

- 'Embolden' Putin -

The UK package will include “more air defense equipment, more anti-tank weapons, more long-range missiles, thousands of rounds more of ammunition and artillery shells,” Sunak added.

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz came under fire from NATO allies for hinting that the UK and France have deployed troops to Ukraine to help with long-range missiles they have supplied.

London will also train “thousands more Ukrainian servicemen,” he said, and allocate £200 million ($255 million) to build thousands more drones – the “single largest package of drones given to Ukraine by any nation.”

The aid came as Ukraine has warned it is in dire need of air defense capabilities to fend off increased aerial attacks. 

Sunak said the security package would “form the core” of London's alliance with Ukraine for “100 years or more.”

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He also said the UK believed that Ukraine should be in NATO at a time when Kyiv has expressed frustration that it has not received sufficient security guarantees from the US-led defense alliance.

“You belong in NATO and NATO will be stronger with you,” Sunak said.

Zelensky said that if Ukraine had been given security guarantees – like the 10-year pledge of support – after the breakup of the Soviet Union, “there would have been no Russian aggression at all.” 

Sunak had earlier said his trip was intended to “send a strong signal of support to the Ukrainian people,” adding that Putin “needs to recognize we're not going anywhere.” 

- ‘Great courage’ -

The British leader's visit came as Ukraine authorities said Russian shelling killed two people in the southern city of Kherson.

“A woman died on the spot,” said Kherson's regional head Oleksandr Prokudin, adding that a “burnt body was also found in a car.” 

Sunak met with emergency service workers in Kyiv responding to the aftermath of Russian air strikes, which have intensified since late December, and praised Ukrainian “courage.” 

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The latest commitment takes the UK's overall support for Ukraine's war efforts to nearly £12 billion ($15 billion).

British equipment already supplied to Kyiv includes Storm Shadow cruise missiles and a squadron of Challenger 2 tanks.

UK Foreign Secretary David Cameron had also vowed to maintain military support for Ukraine, during an unannounced visit to Kyiv in November.

Zelensky said at the time that the flow of artillery ammunition from Western allies had dropped since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas in October.  

A top Ukrainian commander recently described the war as a stalemate, with no clear sign of a breakthrough on the front lines.

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Francois Bacon
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This site is full of pussies. Fuck off!

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Gavan Duffy
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It is encouraging to see strong support for Ukraine from the UK and other European nations. Russia's attack on Ukraine is an attack on Europe and may be the reason why the US is not all that interested. A united Europe would defeat Russia easily.

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John
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@ArklahomBoy, ...and wrong again russian troll...Please read my fact filled emails again. Awareness of your current oppressive reality is the first step towards regaining a productive role in global society. 

The Russians could of course speed along that process by helping to end the putin regime....just saying the balls in your court.

I'll bet you are at least starting to get excited about eventually being able to fly somewhere in the world again once the sanctions are lift for more sane leadership there?



In the meantime thanks for spending more of putins rubles (troll pay) while forwarding none of his goals.

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John
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@ArklahomBoy, ...and wrong again russian troll...Please read my fact filled emails again. Awareness of your current oppressive reality is the first step towards regaining a productive role in global society. 

The Russians could of course speed along that process by helping to end the putin regime....just saying the balls in your court.

I'll bet you are at least starting to get excited about eventually being able to fly somewhere in the world again once the sanctions are lift for more sane leadership there?



In the meantime thanks for spending more of putins rubles (troll pay) while forwarding none of his goals.

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John
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@Francois Bacon, Your vocabulary is representative of many russian trolls these days. I suspect those kind of jobs usually go to the unethical, lethargic folks who can't get a productive job elsewhere and thus sell what's left of their souls to a tyrant. I suspect a past poor work ethic meant you never went far in school, and you've subsequently not expanded your mind seeking or applying truth.



For such folks their world often gets smaller and smaller and so they lash out at more successful , balanced folks with their profanity.

You can do better you know.

However, you have to want to change and be willing to work harder.

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David Steel
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Whilst we argue here and push back and forth, let's not forget this is the very freedom Putin denies his citizens.

All opinions are valid and it's wonderful that we can express them in Ukraine unlike in Russia. I like to read the views of those I disagree with the most - it sharpens my arguments and gives me a greater understanding of human nature.

Peace to all of you.

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K. Brown
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Thank YOU UK for this magnanimous promise!! My country, the USA, would also continue to show its love for Ukraine if we didn’t have so many Putin lovers over here. Our Republicans seem to put forth their very worst people for Congress, unfortunately. Stay tuned.

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pooty stole my oxygen
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pooty boys days are done,just another failed dictator,the ruskie looses are staggering,beyond belief

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John
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It will be great when a true democracy also displaces the dictator in Belarus. I have a good friend from there, and they say folks they know there are aching to get into the EU. Lukashenko was only able to suppress the results of their last "election" and thus his peoples chosen democratic leader with putin's help. Fortunately putin was not so lucky with backing RUMPs attempt to steal power from the USA's duly elected president. If Haley wins in the next election the transition will be much smoother (as it has always historically been prior to RUMP). Once Putins regime falls its game over for Lukashenko.

Not one country has ever voluntarily wanted to join russia as a state / or new territory. Any that were swallowed into russia were under duress or started my putin first planting russian speakers there and then him carving out a piece of that country as he lied saying he was protecting them....what a crock.. Every country formerly enslaved under Russia's oppressive regime is always happy to get out. It does take some effort and time for them to shake the baggage (kleptocracy / corruption / organized crime) of their former oppressor though.

I expect in a few years we will see the EU expand by at least another 4 countries. There is a waiting list and considerable effort for those hoping to join, but they know it is so worth it in the end.

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John
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Man these Russian Loss Number's below are stunning. Some say Ukraine is obtaining similar russian kill rates as did the Finnish folks during the USSR's ill fated Winter War invasion (10 to 1). Not that Putin cares of course as he is said to thrive on sowing death to his own people even. As such he must be very turned on by these numbers of destroyed russian assets:

*Russian Soldiers: 368,460. (UK DOD today forecastsed 500K by this year end)
*Tanks: 6,060
* Artillery: 8,710
* Armed-vehicles: 11,254
* Aircrafts: 329
* Helicopters: 324
* Ships: 23 (amazing given Ukraine does not even have a Naval vessel in Black Sea at present. Yet with courage and ingenuity they've now drive what remains Russia's Black Sea Navy right out of temporarily occupied Crimea.

I wonder what the next iteration of the failed russian state will be called...Maybe it will just be divided up by those nations the Russians previously stole from:

* China: About 910,000 sq/hms of Qing and Siberian territories since 1860. 

* Finland: Lost ~11% of territory in 1939 Russia ‘Winter War'.

* Poland: Kaliningrad Oblast stolen in WWII.

* Japan: Four southernmost Kuril Islands.stolen in WWII.

* Moldova: Transnistria portion stolen in 1992

* Georgia: Abkhazia and South Ossetia portions stolen in 2008.
* Ukraine: Currently 20% of land mass.
I say Ukraine should get first dibs though given their current generations suffering at russia's hand

Kiwi Steve
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@John, Yeah aren't they amazing for a little underdog of a country whose Summer Offensive failed if you believe the spin pumped out by various western media under the thrall of Herr Putler and Chump.

Hopefully, 2024 is the year that Russia realizes it's blunder and backs out of all Ukrainian territory (pre 2014), then their rebuild/rehabilitation can really crank up.

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John
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@ArklahomBoy, Thank you for quoting all the pre-ordained future facts from Putins soothsayer play book. Hitler also leveraged the occult but it did not work out so well.



Here's a few Russian genocide against Ukrainian facts cross referenced from multiple historical publications.



* 1921-1922 Famine in Ukraine 1.5 million Ukrainians starve to death as food is confiscated and taken out of Ukraine to feed Russian cities.
* 1929-1930 De-kulakization: Over 500 000 farmers and families in Ukraine are sent to Siberia, executed, or sent to concentration camps. 

* 1932-1933 Holodomor famine from caused by USSR's Joseph Stalin claimed the lives of 3.9 million Ukrainians or about 13 percent of its population at that time......

***May 2022 report by 30 internationally recognized legal scholars had already chronicled a multitude of Russias criminal acts in Ukraine invasion that constituted genocide.



There is lots of good news this time around though as russia's military is now being gutted at very little cost in the grand scheme of the allies overall military budgets and none of these have yet deployed any their forces in Ukraine yet. 



Stressful time for you Russians I'd think

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John
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@ArklahomBoy, I think after previous rounds of attempted russian genocide of their people, the Ukranian's know well whats at stake. There have never been a people suffer more and still rise to ensue their freedom from russian oppression....something all formerly USSR enslaved nations now protected by NATO know well.

So the aid for Ukraine's defense will keep coming in from all its allies. Every bit counts in large amounts, but at the end of the day its the skill, perseverance and resilience of Ukrainians that will bring victory.

Putin will fall most likely at the hands of his own people.

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Trst
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John
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@Jack Griffin, Thanks for reviewing my posts jack. In the context of being most supportive to Ukraine, which of the quotes provided did you like the most? UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunaks' or MRGA sub humanoid Vivek's

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David Steel
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I am in the UK and I am not impressed, this just isn't enough.

We should help Ukraine destroy the Kerch bridge and retake Crimea. We have amazing special forces in the SAS and SBS who should be helping on the ground.

Our SAS are specialists at covert recon and the Special Boat Service are marine warfare exemplars.

Our general election is coming in the autumn. If you want my vote Mr. Sunak you must use the tools you have to support our friends in need.

Imokru2
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@David Steel, You are advocating NATO active support against Russia or Britain’s withdrawal from NATO. You will have little support for that!
Think before you speak.

Soulful
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@Imokru2, it's a tough nut to crack, if we don't give ukraine what they need when they need it ( and we won't) the war will come to us anyway,

Then.. is it better to join in now when Russia "is weak" and at the sametime save lots of Ukraine’s life? Or should we wait and hope Putin and the rest of them die before they get the chance to rebuild their army?
I think UK intelligence says 6-10 years after the fighting stops in Ukraine until they have an army strong enough to make them believe they can attack NATO and get away with it.
Polen or if it was the German intel says 3 years,
Europe/NATO hasn't even get up to speed on producing artillery shells and so on.. and Trump is coming back from the dead and will make everything so much harder, i would say our best opportunity is now to stop Russia. And of course i understand that it will not happen

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John
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@David Steel, I agree David. I am thankful for what I consider to be the UK's continued leadership in supporting Ukraine militarily, but at the same time ore is always better.

I'm not sure exactly where my country's military competencies lie presently, but whatever they are I would wish to also see them directly supporting Ukraine in Ukraine to end this war quicker. From a recent survey 64% of Canadians agree. The best way to stop a bully like putin is to physically stand up to them. Words are not enough.

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