The British government on Sunday announced an increase in aid to the government and people of Ukraine as they battled a Russian invasion for the fourth consecutive day.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a further increase of over $50 million in aid to Kyiv which will see the provision of much needed medical supplies and equipment to hospitals and clinics across the country.
The support package will help aid agencies respond to the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Ukraine and will allow its people access to basic amenities and medical supplies including medicines and wound care packs.
The increase in aid will also see the government provide Ukraine with much needed military supplies, the details of which are as of yet unknown.
The latest aid package brings the total pledge to Ukraine to just over $180 million.
On Thursday, a virtual donor conference hosted by Defense Secretary Ben Wallace along with 25 other countries including the US, Canada and other non-NATO allies pledged an increase in military support to Kyiv in its struggle against Moscow’s invasion.
Meanwhile, Johnson cast doubt on whether Putin wanted to negotiate a peace settlement with Ukraine, using his continued military offensive throughout the country as an example of his intent to subdue the country militarily.
The prime minister added that Putin’s nuclear threat is a “distraction” from reality on the situation in Ukraine and accused Russia’s state-owned broadcaster RT of spreading misinformation.
“There’s nothing I’ve seen so far in his behavior that leads me to think that he could possibly be sincere,” Johnson said, criticizing RT for “peddling material that is doing a lot of damage to the truth.”