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Britain to send 6,000 missiles to aid Ukrainian military

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces new COVID-19 lockdown measures, Oct. 31, 2020. (YouTube screenshot)

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said late on March 23 that his country would send 6,000 more missiles and about $33 million in financial aid to Ukraine’s military, which is battling against a brutal invasion by Russian forces.

The missiles will consist of anti-tank and high-explosive weapons, Johnson said on the eve of a NATO and G7 summit in Brussels.

“The United Kingdom will work with our allies to step up military and economic support to Ukraine, strengthening their defenses as they turn the tide in this fight,” he said in a statement.

“We cannot and will not stand by while Russia grinds Ukraine’s towns and cities into dust,” Johnson said.

According to his office, Johnson will press Western allies at the Brussels summits to “step up a gear” in their responses to Moscow’s actions.

He will urge the delivery of “enhanced defensive support to Ukraine and doubling down on economic sanctions,” according to his office.

The announcement comes as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urged citizens around the world to take to the streets to protest Russia’s invasion of his country.

“Come with Ukrainian symbols to support Ukraine, to support freedom, to support life,” Zelensky said in a video address in English. “Come to your squares, to your streets, make yourselves visible and heard.”