Liz Truss arrived in the US with a ‘hawk’ message about continuing military support for Kyiv, the Financial Times reported.
British Prime Minister Liz Truss is expected to tell world leaders that the UK’s support for the Ukraine war effort in 2023 will equal or exceed £2.3 billion (2, $63 billion) that London has pledged to Kyiv’s fight against Russia this year.
Financial Times report on Tuesday that Truss will deliver the UK’s “hawkish” message of continued and substantial military support for Kyiv during her visit to the US, where she is scheduled to speak before the United Nations General Assembly. United Nations (UNGA) in New York City on Wednesday.
“The UK will continue to be right behind you every step of the way,” Truss promised the Ukrainian people before she arrived in the US on Tuesday, the FT reported.
The British Prime Minister is also expected to use his speech at UNGA to press Western governments to increase support for Ukraine, among the advances of Ukrainian forces who are pushing for a successful counterattack against Russian forces in the east of the country.
London’s pledge of $2.63 billion by 2022 to Kyiv has resulted in the UK becoming the second-largest military donor to Ukraine, Downing Street told the FT.
UK military aid has been involved in the delivery of hundreds of missiles, 120 armored vehicles, five air defense systems and some 27,000 Ukrainian soldiers who have been trained by UK forces since 2015, according to the report.
The FT also said that “the largest trade route munitions movement since the second world war was carried out last week” and involved “tens of thousands” of British-aided artillery shells that had been delivered. sent to the frontline forces of Ukraine.
Ukraine says its troops have marched further east into territory recently abandoned by Russian forces Ukraine’s continuous counterattackpaving the way for a potential attack on Moscow’s occupying forces in the Donbas region.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a televised address late Monday, adding that he is now focused on “speed” in liberated areas.
The Ukrainian leader also hinted that he would use a video address to UNGA on Wednesday called on countries to speed up the shipment of weapons and aid.
“We are doing everything to ensure that Ukraine’s needs are met at all levels – defense, finance, economy, diplomacy.
‘Fight to the centimeter’
Ukraine’s armed forces have prepare to retake the entire Luhansk province from the Russian occupiers, the governor of Ukraine’s province Serhiy Haidai said.
“There will be combat for every centimeter,” Haidai wrote on Telegram. “The enemy is preparing to defend. So we won’t simply march in.”
Luhansk and neighboring Donetsk province include the industrialized eastern part of the Donbas, which Moscow says it intends to capture as the main target for its invasion.
Ukrainian troops have begun entering Luhansk since pushing Russian forces out of the country’s northeastern Kharkiv province in a flash. counterattack this month.
To the south, where another Ukrainian counterattack progressed more slowly, the Ukrainian armed forces said they had sunk a barge carrying Russian troops and equipment across a river near Nova Kakhovka in the Kherson region .
“Attempts to build an overpass were unable to withstand fire from Ukrainian forces and were halted. The barge… has become an addition to the occupier’s submarine force,” the military said in a statement on Facebook.
Reuters could not independently verify either side’s battlefield reports.