NATO allies provide Ukraine with weapons and financial support – SABC News
Some of NATO’s allies, including the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany, announced a series of decisions on Saturday aimed at providing armaments and financial support to Ukraine as part of “the ongoing special military operation launched by Russia.
On Saturday evening, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke by telephone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, during which Johnson updated Zelensky on the progress of British government aid to Ukraine.
Both parties agreed to welcome the increased willingness to act to exclude Russia from the SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) payment system.
Both men also expressed concerns about Belarus’ role in the Russian-Ukrainian crisis.
According to the British Ministry of Defense on Saturday, a new group of British military forces, including warships, army units and air force fighter jets, arrived in Eastern Europe Is to strengthen NATO’s eastern front.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said the deployments, along with NATO allies, would act as a “deterrent” against Russian military action.
On Friday night, Wallace held an online donor meeting with officials from more than 25 other countries, including the United States, Canada and some non-NATO nations, to coordinate military aid to Ukraine.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced on Saturday that the United States was offering US$350 million worth of “lethal defensive” weapons to Ukraine to help defend against ongoing Russian military operations.
Blinken said in a statement that US President Joe Biden had authorized him to make such a decision. As such, he authorized the Ministry of Defense to proceed with the presidential withdrawal, which will help Ukraine deal with the “armor, airborne and other threats it currently faces”.
The secretary of state said the latest sum is in addition to the immediate military aid of $60 million and $200 million to Ukraine that Biden delegated to him last year, bringing the full support of the US security to Ukraine over the past year to over US$1 billion.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on social media on Saturday that Germany would supply Ukraine with 1,000 anti-tank weapons and 500 “Stinger” class surface-to-air missiles. He said Germany “has a responsibility to support Ukraine as much as it can against Russian forces.”
German government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said the weapons would be delivered as soon as possible to support the Ukrainian military.
The move marks a significant shift for Germany, which had previously maintained a policy of not sending weapons to conflict zones and refusing to supply lethal weapons to Ukraine.
Germany had previously provided Ukraine with only around 5,000 military helmets and a field hospital, a decision that was ridiculed by German allies.
The German Defense Ministry said on Saturday that Germany had approved the delivery of 400 rocket launchers from the Netherlands to Ukraine, and the approval was confirmed by the chancellery. The rocket-propelled grenades came from German army stocks.