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UK Government Pledges $311M to Boost Ukraine’s Artillery Reserves

UK Government Pledges $311M to Boost Ukraine's Artillery Reserves

The United Kingdom has pledged about $310.6 million to strengthen its artillery supply chains in support of Ukraine. 

The U.K. Ministry of Defence said the new funding will be spent over the coming months to boost Kyiv’s artillery ammunition reserves.

The funding package was announced to mark the second anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine and 10 years since Moscow forcefully took over Crimea. 

“Ukraine has been particularly noted for its highly effective use of its artillery to conduct counter-battery fire, using drones and U.K.-supplied radar systems to quickly identify the locations of active Russian artillery and rapidly return fire to destroy them,” the MoD said in a statement.

On Feb. 22, Grant Shapps, the U.K. defence secretary, told Parliament that the Royal Air Force has delivered an additional 200 Brimstone anti-tank missiles to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The U.K. has now provided Ukraine with a total of 1,300 Brimstone missiles to aid in the fight against Russia. 

Shapps also leads an international capability coalition that aims to provide Kyiv with drones.

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