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Britain signs security agreement with Ukraine; announces increase in military aid

British PM Rishi Sunak on Friday announced 2.5 billion British Pounds as military aid to Ukraine on surprise visit to Kyiv. Sunak met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to sign historic UK-Ukraine Agreement on Security Cooperation.

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“Today is the day the history of Europe has changed. Ukraine and the United Kingdom signed a new and unprecedented security agreement. This is not just a declaration. This is the reality that will happen due to our cooperation, and in particular due to the security guarantees from the considerable world power, Great Britain,” Zelenskyy said.

Meanwhile, the British PM said that Britain, one of Ukraine’s closest allies throughout its conflict with neighbouring Russia, will increase its support in the next financial year to 2.5 billion pounds ($3.19 billion), an increase of 200 million pounds on the previous two years, Sunak said.

The two leaders signed what Zelenskyy described as an “unprecedented security agreement” – an arrangement the Ukrainian leader said would remain in place until Kyiv joined the NATO military alliance.

Kyiv has relied heavily on military and financial aid from the West since the Russian invasion in February 2022.

The UK-Ukraine Agreement on Security Cooperation follows an earlier agreement by the Group of Seven nations to provide Ukraine with bilateral security guarantees.

Britain said it would provide the largest delivery of drones to Ukraine from any nation, with most of them expected to be manufactured in Britain.

(With Input from Reuters)

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