Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks to the media. File photo
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been one of the strongest supporters of Ukraine's efforts to resist Russian forces since Russian President Vladimir Putin launched the invasion on Feb. 24. Johnson's government has sent anti-tank missiles, air defence systems and other weapons to Ukraine.
The new pledge almost doubles Britain's previous spending commitments on Ukraine and the government said this is the highest rate of spending on a conflict since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, although it did not give details of this calculation.
"Putin's brutal attack is not only causing untold devastation in Ukraine - it is also threatening peace and security across Europe," Johnson said in a statement. Last week he became the first Western leader to address Ukraine's parliament since the start of the invasion.
A Ukrainian service member sits inside a self-propelled howitzer 2S1 Gvozdika in Kharkiv region. Reuters
The leaders of the G7 countries — Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States - will hold their virtual meeting with Zelensky on Sunday, the day before Russia marks its Victory Day holiday, which marks the end of World War Two in Europe.
Britain said the extra spending on Ukraine will come from a reserve used by the government for emergencies.
The government also said Johnson will host a meeting of leading defence companies later this month to discuss increasing production in response to increased demand created by the war in Ukraine.
While Britain has provided significant military aid, it has so far accepted relatively few of the more than 5 million Ukrainians who have fled their country. The British government said on Saturday that so far it had issued more than 86,000 visas to Ukrainians, of whom about 27,000 had reached Britain.
Johnson landed in the western state of Gujarat on Thursday, kicking off a two-day visit that will see him meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Friday.
The Russian forces' efforts to boost their fighting power also includes trying to recruit from the unrecognised Transnistria region of Moldova, the Ministry of Defence said in a regular bulletin on Twitter.
Would-be hosts have spent the last three weeks helping families from Kyiv, Lviv and Mariupol apply for the necessary documents to move here – but not one is understood to have yet received a full reply from the Home Office.
UK authorities are investigating reports that three Britons were among dozens killed in a missile strike close to the Ukrainian border with Nato member Poland on Sunday, in the most westerly attack yet by Russian forces.
Sheikh Mohammed directed the dispatch of urgent humanitarian aid worth Dhs50 million to the brotherly Syrian people, in order to provide relief to those affected by the most devastating earthquake.
The ceremony saw the signing of 22 performance agreements that commit government teams to ensure the timely development of 80 transformational projects over the next six months.
Insured Emiratis need to complete a minimum of one year in their jobs in order to be entitled to receive their end-of-service payment from the General Pension and Social Security Authority.