Former Ukrainian President praises UK for unlocking the ‘shortest way to peace’

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Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has thanked the United Kingdom for the ongoing alliance against Vladimir Putin’s so-called “special military operation”. Prime Minister Liz Truss has pledged to continue supporting Ukraine with vital military aid well into 2023, signalling her long-term commitment to liberating Ukraine from Russian invaders. Mr Poroshenko praised the loyalty of the UK Government and asserted the package of support would enable Ukraine to unlock the “shortest” route to peace.

Speaking on GB News, Mr Poroshenko declared: “We very much appreciate the decision published by the British Government to support Ukraine with £2.3 billion in 2023.

“This is not economic support, this is military support and it is exactly what we need now.”

He added: “This is the shortest way to peace.”

Ukraine has grown increasingly dependent on Western allies to provide advanced weapons, vehicles and military training in order to tackle the Russian invasion.

Liz Truss has confirmed her government will meet or exceed this year’s total amount spent on military aid for Ukraine in 2023.

The UK stands as the second largest military donor to Ukraine, behind the United States, having committed £2.3 billion in 2022.

Downing Street reported the precise nature of the 2023 military support will be determined based on the needs of Ukraine’s military, but the package is expected to include additional quantities of advanced weapons, including multiple launch rocket systems.

The Prime Minister said: “Ukraine’s victories in recent weeks have been inspirational. Time and time again these brave people have defied the doubters and showed what they can do when given the military, economic and political support they need.”

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