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UK minister is ‘open minded’ over sending longer-range weapons to Ukraine

Ben Wallace (British defence minister) said Monday (12/12/12) that he is open to providing Ukraine with longer-range weapons systems, if Russia continues its attacks on civilian areas.

Boris Johnson, an ex-prime minister who is a vocal supporter for Ukraine, asked Wallace about the possibility of Kyiv supplying longer-range missile systems to destroy or damage drone launch sites.

Wallace said that he is constantly reviewing the options for weapon systems.

“We also have in armor potential weapons systems that are longer,” he stated, referring to the basic humanitarian principles that were agreed upon while fighting.


Ukraine accuses Russia that it used drones, called “kamikaze”, unmanned aerial vehicles against energy infrastructure and other targets.

The United Kingdom has offered support to Ukraine since February in an amount of PS3.8 billion. This includes humanitarian aid and weapons.

As one of his first overseas trips since October’s election as British prime minister, Rishi Sunak visited Kyiv. Johnson had promised that British support would not change regardless of the leader. He wanted him to confirm this promise.


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