Britain will send about 200 air defense missiles to Ukraine after a series of intense Russian strikes


British Defense Secretary Grant Shapps announced on Friday that Britain will send about 200 air defense missiles to Ukraine after a series of intense Russian strikes.

Shapps wrote on X, “The United Kingdom is moving quickly to strengthen Ukraine’s air defense following Putin’s deadly air strikes… Hundreds of British-made air defense missiles are being sent to ensure Ukraine has what it needs to defend itself from Putin’s barbaric bombing”.

Since Friday, Russia launched a series of strikes on a number of Ukrainian cities, including the capital, Kiev, using an unprecedented number of missiles and drones, killing at least 30 people and wounding about 160 others, according to the Ukrainian authorities.

On the other hand, Poland, a member of NATO, confirmed that a Russian missile entered its airspace in the morning.

“Today, Russia has used almost every type of weapon in its arsenal,” President Volodymyr Zelensky announced on the X.

The Ukrainian Air Force reported that 158 ​​missiles and drones were launched at Ukraine, of which 114 were destroyed.

Ukrainian Presidential Assistant Andriy Yermak announced on Telegram that the strikes targeted civilian facilities and civilian buildings.

The US Ambassador in Kiev Bridget Brink wrote on X, “Ukraine needs funding now to continue the struggle to be freed from this horror in 2024”.

On Wednesday, Washington released the latest package of military aid approved by Congress for Kiev.

The Russian army announced on Friday that it had hit all of its targets in dozens of attacks it launched on Ukraine from December 23 to 29.

The United Nations Humanitarian Affairs Envoy to Ukraine, Denise Brown, condemned the recent attacks and said, “For the Ukrainian people, this is another unacceptable example of the horrific reality they face, which has made 2023 another year of enormous suffering”.

France also condemned “with the strongest degree of terror” the strategy of terror, while British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak believed that these strikes prove that President Vladimir Putin “won’t back down from anything”.

European Union Foreign Minister Josep Borrell denounced the “cowardly” Russian strikes.

On Friday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, expressed his shock at the new wave of Russian strikes on Ukraine, calling on Moscow to stop its attacks immediately.

“I was shocked by the new series of coordinated and widespread attacks using missiles and drones,” Türk said in a statement, calling on Russia to immediately stop these attacks and respect international laws related to conflicts.

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