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Ukrainian service member fires UK-supplied NLAW during training at Ukraine's International Peacekeeping Security Centre (Picture: Reuters/Alamy Stock Photo).
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Ukraine to receive more lethal aid, Defence Secretary says

It comes after Ben Wallace met with defence ministers of more than 35 nations to discuss military assistance to Ukraine.

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Ukrainian service member fires UK-supplied NLAW during training at Ukraine's International Peacekeeping Security Centre (Picture: Reuters/Alamy Stock Photo).

The Defence Secretary has said Ukraine will receive more lethal aid after a meeting with defence ministers from more than 35 nations.

Ben Wallace said international allies agreed to supply more military equipment to Ukraine, including armoured vehicles and artillery ammunition.

Mr Wallace said he had taken part in a conference call with the defence ministers from nations, including the US, New Zealand, South Korea and Japan, to discuss what assistance they could provide.

"There will be more lethal aid going into Ukraine as a result of today," he told Sky News. 

"Ukraine needs longer range artillery and that's because of what the Russian army has been doing which is now digging in and starting to pound these cities with artillery.

"The best counter to that is other long-range artillery, so they'll be looking for and getting more long-range artillery, ammunition predominantly.

"They are obviously looking for equipment to defend its coastline because of Russian activity down there and we'll be looking to see what more we can do.

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"They are also looking for armoured vehicles of some types, not tanks necessarily, but certainly protective vehicles, and more anti-air.

"All of this will be forthcoming as a result of this conference."

Mr Wallace added that a number of countries have also come forward with "pledges of money, the United States obviously being at the forefront of that".

"But many countries are determined to not only continue but to step up their contribution," he said.

"In some cases, that's with their own stocks, in other situations that's with donations and money in order to buy more lethal aid from where we can get it around the world.

"The direction of travel is, people are continuing to stand by Ukraine, the number of nations are increasing, and we'll make sure we give Ukraine all that it can have to make sure it defends itself."

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Mr Wallace added that Russia is now a "lesser country" as a result of the invasion of Ukraine, with Russian President Vladimir Putin "not the force he used to be".

"He is now a man in a cage he built himself," he told Sky News.

"His army is exhausted, he has suffered significant losses. The reputation of this great army of Russia has been trashed.

"He has not only got to live with the consequences of what he is doing to Ukraine, but he has also got to live with the consequences of what he has done to his own army."

Mr Wallace also said Russian forces appeared to be regrouping and shifting their focus towards the south and east of Ukraine.

"We have seen it before. It always gets worse. It goes for more civilian attacks, more civilian areas," he said.