NATO Countries Pledges Missiles To Ukraine, After Russia’s Air Strikes
Ukraine’s NATO-led allies have announced deliveries of advanced air defence weapons to kyiv, after a spate of Russian missile strikes.
The US earlier made a similar pledge. One high-tech system from Germany is already in Ukraine.
The UK will donate air defence missiles, as well as hundreds of aerial drones to support Ukraine’s information gathering and logistics capabilities. It will also provide 18 howitzer artillery guns in addition to the 64 already delivered.
French President Emmanuel Macron said Paris would supply air defence systems to Ukraine.
The Netherlands said it would deliver €15m worth of air defence missiles, while Canada pledged to provide more than $34m worth of military aid, including satellite communications and drone cameras.
It has been a particularly intense week in Ukraine – on Monday and Tuesday, it saw some of its heaviest Russian bombardment in months when more than 100 missiles were launched.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says the missile strikes were retaliation for an attack on a key bridge linking Russia and Crimea – Ukraine’s Southern Peninsula annexed by Moscow in 2014.