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Media: UK to send $65 million defense package to Ukraine

by Abbey Fenbert July 12, 2023 7:13 AM 1 min read
U.K. Prime Minister Rish Sunak and President Volodymr Zelensky in front of a Challenger 2 tank at a military training facility in Ukraine in February 2023. (Andrew Matthews/WPA Pool/Getty Images) 
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The U.K. will provide a $65 million military aid package to Ukraine for purposes of equipment repair and the establishment of a military rehabilitation center, Reuters reported July 11.

The support package represents the U.K.'s latest contribution to NATO's Comprehensive Assistance Package for Ukraine, a joint declaration that sets forth how the Alliance will aid Ukrainian defense.

The U.K. and other allies will discuss the support package this week at the NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania. The U.K. will join other member nations in providing Ukrainian defense forces with more rounds of Challenger 2 ammunition and additional supplies of combat and logistics vehicles.

Military aid for Ukraine is a central topic of this week's NATO summit. On July 11, Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov announced a deal with Sebastien Lecornu, defense minister of France, securing $187 million in French military aid for Ukraine.

U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said at the summit that "the overwhelming support of NATO members will send a strong signal to President Putin and return peace to Europe."

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