A M270 MLRS firing operated at Kirkcudbright Training Area in Scotland (Picture: MOD).
A M270 MLRS firing at Kirkcudbright Training Area in Scotland (Picture: MOD).
Ukraine

PM commits to spending at least £2.3 billion next year on Ukraine military aid

Liz Truss announced it as she got ready to fly to a UN summit, where she intends to rally support for Ukraine.

A M270 MLRS firing operated at Kirkcudbright Training Area in Scotland (Picture: MOD).
A M270 MLRS firing at Kirkcudbright Training Area in Scotland (Picture: MOD).

Liz Truss is committing to spend at least £2.3 billion next year on military aid to help Ukraine repel Russia's invasion.

The Prime Minister pledged the UK will match or surpass the record support given to Volodymyr Zelensky’s troops.

The new PM announced the support as she flew to New York to attend a UN summit, where she hopes to rally support for Ukraine.

She will also try to encourage world leaders to end energy dependence on Vladimir Putin's gas as he turns the taps off on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

"By turning off the taps of the Nord Stream gas pipeline, Putin has consigned millions of people in Europe to a colder and more difficult winter," the Prime Minister said before leaving for America.

Ms Truss said: "Too many lives – in Ukraine, in Europe and around the world – are being manipulated by a dependence on Russian energy. We need to work together to end this once and for all."

She praised the success of Mr Zelensky's troops in seizing back around 3,000 square kilometres that had been captured by the Russians as she pledged to at least match last year's military aid.

"Ukraine's victories in recent weeks have been inspirational. Time and time again these brave people have defied the doubters and showed what they can do when given the military, economic and political support they need," she said.

"My message to the people of Ukraine is this: the UK will continue to be right behind you every step of the way. Your security is our security."

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The spending commitment was not based on the real terms figure taking inflation into account, but Ms Truss was not ruling out spending more.

In 2022, Britain was second only to the US in terms of military aid sent to Ukraine.

Downing Street said she will warn allies at the New York summit that now is not the time to "take our foot off the gas" in opposing Mr Putin's war.

"Quite the opposite, she will be very clear that UK support to Ukraine will not falter," Number 10 added.

"We will continue to act to restore sovereignty and self determination to Ukraine. Because this isn’t just Ukraine's fight, the whole world suffers when a regime like Putin's is allowed to bully and blackmail its neighbours."