On September 19, British defence minister Shapps and chief of the Defence Staff admiral Sir Tony Radakin took part in the 15th meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group. The minister spoke with the ministers of defence of Ukraine, Rustem Umerov, and the US minister, Lloyd Austin. Minister Shapps said that in addition to the 300.000 artillery shells already sent, the UK will send tens of thousands more heavy artillery ammunition to Ukraine by the end of the year. Reported by the website of the UK government.
"Today we've demonstrated the UK's unwavering commitment to Ukraine and set out more military support, including pledging tens of thousands more artillery shells to enable Ukraine to defend itself against Russia's unprovoked invasion and to retake illegally occupied territories," Grant Shapps.
"To ensure Ukraine has what it needs to defend itself as we approach winter, we have also set out how the UK will go further in the coming months in our priority support areas, including air defence and long-range strike capabilities, and training."
Grant Shapps and Lloyd Austin discussed the common interests of Great Britain and the United States in the field of security and also coordinated the actions of the kingdom and the republic in the field of production of defence units, as well as issues of safe and unhindered delivery of military assistance to Ukraine.
"With representatives from 50 nations gathered in Ramstein today, president Putin should be worried. This is a tangible demonstration of the international community's continued resolve to back Ukraine with the military support it requires through the winter and into 2024," Sir Tony Radakin.
"The United Kingdom will continue to work with our allies and partners to help build Ukraine's long-term resilience so it can fulfil its potential as a secure and prosperous sovereign nation."
We remind you that Great Britain is the first country to transfer battle tanks and long-range missiles to Ukraine. In addition, the first military aid to Ukraine came from Great Britain just 11 weeks after February 24, 2022. In 2023, Great Britain allocated about £2.3 billion to support Ukraine; no less funds were provided in 2022. In addition, the UK organised an international training program for Ukrainian soldiers of all levels, tank operators and pilots.