At the request of Great Britain, which is the founder of this international platform, the Fund for Ukraine gun procurement plan can be replenished with shells with a range of up to 300 km.
During the Munich Security Conference in February, Rishi Sunak stated: "If there is a moment in this conflict we can make a difference, why not seize it? What are we waiting for? What is the purpose of these stockpiles? If the weapons are degrading Russian armed forces, that increases our security."
There is no final decision on the transfer of weapons yet, but the UK's request itself is a marker of Europe's readiness to strengthen Ukraine's position in the upcoming counteroffensive. The leaked Pentagon documents testify to the intentions of Great Britain to send both long-range missiles and instructors to Ukraine.
The exact number and name of the guns is unknown, but according to the declared characteristics and stocks of the Kingdom's army, these are most likely Storm Shadow cruise missiles.
Britain may once again become the first in Ukraine's military assistance issue. Earlier, under the leadership of Rishi Sunak, Ukraine received the first battle tanks — Challenger. The United States, for some time, was afraid to transfer AFU, but then nevertheless decided. Now the UK is pushing to arm Ukraine with long-range missiles, while the US fears that Ukraine will use them against targets in Russia.
The minister of foreign affairs, James Cleverly, said that "Russia doesn't like us very much anyway," and "My answer is that if we're saving stuff up for a rainy day, this is the rainy day."
Hopefully, Ukraine will soon receive missiles that, according to their characteristics, can reach the Russian Black Sea Fleet, which is barbarously located in Ukrainian Sevastopol, Crimea.
"There is definitely a different risk tolerance among different countries. We're often in an earlier place," James Cleverly.