U.K. Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said that the United Kingdom will send M270 missile launchers that are capable of firing precision-guided rockets up to 50 miles - no other missile technology present in the Ukrainian theater has that sort of capacity. And he added that Ukrainian troops will come to the U.K. in order to receive training on how to use the equipment.
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The Defense Secretary then went on to say that: 'The UK stands with Ukraine in this fight and is taking a leading role in supplying its heroic troops with the vital weapons they need to defend their country from unprovoked invasion,' in a statement from the MoD (Ministry of Defense).
'If the international community continues its support, I believe Ukraine can win. As Russia's tactics change, so must our support for Ukraine.’
'These highly capable multiple-launch rocket systems will enable our Ukrainian friends to better protect themselves against the brutal use of long-range artillery, which Putin's forces have used indiscriminately to flatten cities.'
The MoD said that it coordinated with the U.S. government over its decision to provide missile launchers; the U.S. government stated that it would supply Ukraine with High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems.
As soon as the U.S. made its official announcement on its decision - Russia immediately responded - declaring that it would hit new targets.
In an interview with Russia-1, the Russian President said that: 'If they are delivered, we will draw appropriate conclusions from this and use our weapons, which we have enough of, to strike at those objects that we have not yet hit.'
Russia has accused the U.S. of worsening the situation after U.S. President Joe Biden announced a $700 million dollar package to be sent to Ukraine.
According to a spokesperson of the Kremlin: 'We believe that the United States is purposefully and diligently adding fuel to the fire.
According to the U.S. President: 'This new package will arm them with new capabilities and advanced weaponry, including HIMARS with battlefield munitions, to defend their territory from Russian advances.'
Liz Truss made a statement on the 100th day of the war, stating that Mr Putin's offensive must not succeed.
She said that: 'He expected the invasion to be over in days, but significantly underestimated the resolve of brave Ukrainians, who have valiantly defended their country.'
'Putin's invasion has brought death and destruction on a scale not seen in Europe since World War II. This war has huge ramifications for global peace, prosperity and food security. It matters to us all.’
'Today is a moment to pay our respects to the thousands of innocent civilians murdered since the invasion, and reaffirm our steadfast support for Ukraine's heroic defence, to ensure they succeed and Putin fails.'
The U.K. has also announced a law and police team will be offered to aid the chief prosecutor in the investigation of alleged Russian war crimes in Ukraine; not only that, but Dominic Raab will present a second package of support for the independent investigation. The package comes after the £1 million funding that was provided by the British Government earlier in the year.