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James Cleverly pledges extra ambulances for Ukraine throughout go to to nation

James Cleverly has introduced a package deal of “hands-on” assist to assist Ukraine by way of the winter whereas on a go to to the war-torn nation.

The International Secretary was attributable to meet President Volodymyr Zelensky throughout his journey, which comes days after Prime MinisterRishi Sunak travelled to Kyiv.

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

Thanking Ukrainian international minister Dmytro Kuleba for welcoming him to the nation, and sharing a photograph of their assembly, he insisted phrases alone “gained’t maintain the lights on” or “defend towards Russian missiles”.

“The UK isn’t simply speaking about Ukraine, we’re offering concrete assist for the defence of Ukraine,” he tweeted on Friday morning.

“Thanks @DmytroKuleba for welcoming me to Kyiv.”

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

The international secretary additionally introduced an extra £3 million for the rebuilding of native infrastructure together with faculties and shelters, in addition to further funding to assist survivors of sexual assault.

Mr Cleverly mentioned: “As winter units in, Russia is continuous to attempt to break Ukrainian resolve by way of its brutal assaults on civilians, hospitals and power infrastructure. Russia will fail.

“The UK stands shoulder to shoulder with Ukraine. I’ve at this time introduced a package deal of hands-on assist for our Ukrainian associates of their battle, from ambulances to essential assist 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 assist will proceed for so long as it takes for this outstanding nation to get better.”

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

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

“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 tough 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 package deal of defence assist comprising 125 anti-aircraft weapons and expertise to assist Ukraine counter Iranian-supplied drones, together with radars and anti-drone tools.

The Prime Minister mentioned 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 assist for Kyiv sees him comply with within the footsteps of his predecessors Boris Johnson and Liz Truss.

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