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In the upcoming months, Ukraine will get hundreds of air defence missiles as well as additional long-range attack drones, according to Rishi Sunak.

Since February 2022, when Russia began an all-out land, air, and sea assault of its neighbour, Britain has made a number of pledges.

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Multiple ‘Storm Shadow’ cruise missiles with a range of more than 155 miles have been pledged to the country, according to defence secretary Ben Wallace, who made the announcement on Friday.

This will be the first long-range cruise missile in its arsenal and will be critical in helping the country defend against attacks on national infrastructure.

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Early morning 15 May 2023 missile strike on Luhansk, the occupied Ukraine - reportedly with a Storm Shadow missile
A ‘Storm Shadow’ missile was reportedly used on a building in the occupied city of Luhansk that was used by Russian forces (Picture: e2w)
Fragments of a missile that ???struck Luhansk??? purportedly showed the Storm Shadow - an Anglo-French long range missile supplied by the UK to Ukraine.
Fragments of the missile found near the site of the explosion (Picture: e2w)

Weapons have made its way to Ukraine as Western leaders are racing against time ahead of ‘the first important steps’ of a highly-anticipated spring counteroffensive against the Russian forces.

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But Volodymyr Zelensky is making sure this support does not dry up by personally visiting European capitals over the last week, and meeting with his counterparts.

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His first stop was Rome, then Berlin, then Paris, and today the Ukrainian president has arrived in London for a meeting with Mr Sunak.

Mr Zelensky will hold talks with the PM at Chequers, becoming the very first world leader he has hosted at the Buckinghamshire residence. 

A statement from Downing Street said: ‘Today the prime minister will confirm the further UK provision of hundreds of air defence missiles and further unmanned aerial systems including hundreds of new long-range attack drones with a range of over 200km.

‘These will all be delivered over the coming months as Ukraine prepares to intensify its resistance to the ongoing Russian invasion.

‘This equipment will support Ukraine over the coming months in their anticipated military surge to counter Russian forces.

‘During their meeting today the prime minister will discuss with president Zelensky what support Ukraine needs from the international community, both in terms of immediate military equipment and long-term defences.’

The announcement comes just hours after a former aviation school, believed to be used by Russian forces, was reportedly targeted with the ‘Storm Shadow’ long-range missiles.

Two explosions sounded at 8am local time at the suspected barracks in the city of Luhansk.

Footage showed a burning building and thick smoke rising into the sky after the strikes.

In addition, the missiles were used on Friday on the former academy of the internal affairs ministry and the Polipak Machine Building Plant 100 in Luhansk.


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