Soldiers from 3 RIFLES have been delivering a 3-week basic training package for the Ukrainian Armed Forces (Picture: MOD).
Soldiers from 3 RIFLES have been delivering a 3-week basic training package for the Ukrainian Armed Forces (Picture: MOD).
Ukraine

UK delivers counter explosive ordnance equipment to Ukraine in latest round of military aid

Soldiers from 3 RIFLES have been delivering a 3-week basic training package for the Ukrainian Armed Forces (Picture: MOD).
Soldiers from 3 RIFLES have been delivering a 3-week basic training package for the Ukrainian Armed Forces (Picture: MOD).

The UK has sent Ukraine hundreds of metal detectors and bomb disarming kits to help clear minefields and make reclaimed territory, homes and infrastructure safe.

More than 1,000 VALLON metal detectors and 100 bomb disarming kits have been sent to the country, as well as a significant package of air defence systems to help defend against Russian missile attacks.

This includes more than 1,000 air anti-air missiles and 125 anti-aircraft guns.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: "Russia's use of landmines and targeting of civilian infrastructure underline the shocking cruelty of Putin's invasion.

"This latest package of UK support will help Ukraine safely clear land and buildings as it reclaims its rightful territory."

The UK was the first country in Europe to send military aid to Ukraine, with thousands of Nlaw anti-tank missiles sent to Kyiv in the early stages of the war.

Ukrainian soldiers conducting live fire training in the South West of England (Picture: MOD).
Ukrainian soldiers conducting live-fire training in the south west of England (Picture: MOD).

A total of £2.3bn has been spent on aid by the UK throughout 2022, and the same level of funding has been pledged in 2023.

Throughout the year, the RAF has flown more than 240 flights to move thousands of tonnes of military aid, including sophisticated missiles and winter clothing.

Thousands of people in the Ukrainian Armed Forces have also been trained by the UK.

A major training programme began in the UK in June, with British soldiers working alongside their allies to train new recruits, with more than 11,000 Ukrainian military personnel trained in the UK in 2022.

For the country's air defence, the UK has supplied Stormer vehicles and thousands of anti-air missiles including Starstreak and Advanced Medium Range Anti-Air Missiles (AMRAAM).

The new cold weather kit adds to the equipment already provided to more than 7,000 Ukrainian recruits who have completed training and the 2,000 currently training in the UK (Picture: MOD).
The new cold weather kit adds to the equipment already provided to more than 7,000 Ukrainian recruits who have completed training and the 2,000 currently training in the UK (Picture: MOD).

During his visit to Kyiv in November, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced a new air defence package including 125 anti-aircraft guns as well as radars and anti-drone technology.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has also supplied dozens of M109 155mm self-propelled guns and L119 105mm light guns, along with more than 100,000 rounds of artillery ammunition and millions of rounds of small arms ammunition.  

In addition to aid for the land and air, the UK has donated maritime Brimstone missiles and autonomous underwater mine-hunting vehicles to protect shipping. 

The UK also established the International Fund for Ukraine, which uses contributions from international partners to rapidly procure priority military material.