Support The Moscow Times!

Britain Will Supply Military Equipment to Ukraine to Fight 'Russia's Aggression'

Members of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry's Azov battalion are pictured at a camp of the battalion in Kiev.

Britain said Friday it planned to supply Ukraine's army with a package of non-lethal military equipment to help it defend itself against what Defense Secretary Michael Fallon called "Russia's aggression."

The equipment, worth £850,000 ($1.3 million), will be gifted to Ukraine in the coming weeks in response to a request from Kiev. The package includes first aid kits, night vision goggles, laptops, helmets and GPS units.

Britain said last month it was sending 75 military personnel to Ukraine, where violence has continued despite a cease-fire agreement, to help train its army, and would not rule out providing arms at some point in the future.

"The U.K. is committed to supporting Ukraine's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity in the face of Russia's aggression," Fallon said in a statement on Friday.

"This gift of non-lethal equipment is designed to prevent further Ukrainian fatalities and casualties and to help improve situational awareness on the ground. Our overall aim is to strengthen the defensive capability of the Ukrainian armed forces."

… we have a small favor to ask.

As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just 2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.


Read more