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Cleverly pledges extra ambulances for Ukraine throughout go to to nation

James Cleverly has introduced a bundle of “hands-on” help to assist Ukraine by means of the winter whereas on a go to to the war-torn nation.

The Overseas Secretary was resulting from meet President Volodymyr Zelensky throughout his go to, which comes days after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak travelled to Kyiv.

Mr Cleverly introduced the sensible help as Ukraine’s energy grid and different essential infrastructure has been pounded by Russian strikes, inflicting blackouts and leaving tens of millions with out warmth, energy or water as temperatures plummet.

I’ve seen right here first hand how the UK’s efforts are serving to courageous residents to withstand and rebuild

James Cleverly

The UK will ship 35 extra emergency automobiles, together with 24 ambulances and 6 armoured automobiles, to the nation.

The Overseas Secretary additionally introduced an additional £3 million for the rebuilding of native infrastructure together with colleges and shelters, in addition to further funding to help survivors of sexual assault.

Mr Cleverly stated: “As winter units in, Russia is constant to try to break Ukrainian resolve by means of its brutal assaults on civilians, hospitals and power infrastructure. Russia will fail.

“The UK stands shoulder to shoulder with Ukraine. I’ve immediately introduced a bundle of hands-on help for our Ukrainian pals of their battle, from ambulances to essential help for survivors of the sexual violence carried out by the Russian navy.

“I’ve seen right here first-hand how the UK’s efforts are serving to courageous residents to withstand and rebuild. Our help will proceed for so long as it takes for this outstanding nation to get well.”

The UK can also be committing £5 million to a Ukraine-led initiative, delivered by means of the UN World Meals Programme, to ship grain to international locations most susceptible to famine, together with Yemen and Sudan.

Surroundings Secretary Therese Coffey stated: “I’m happy the UK authorities can help President Zelensky’s work to assist Ukraine’s grain attain a number of the poorest and most weak nations on this planet.

“International meals safety is in all our pursuits – and serving to Ukraine’s farmers and agricultural sector to proceed producing and exporting meals in these most troublesome of circumstances is significant for that safety.”

Mr Sunak’s go to to Kyiv final Saturday was accompanied by the announcement of a £50 million bundle of defence support comprising 125 anti-aircraft weapons and expertise to assist Ukraine counter Iranian-supplied drones, together with radars and anti-drone gear.

The Prime Minister stated it was “deeply humbling” to be within the Ukrainian capital and that he was “proud” of how the UK had backed the nation since Moscow’s invasion started.

His vocal help for Kyiv sees him comply with within the footsteps of his predecessors Boris Johnson and Liz Truss.

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