President Putin has unleashed a full-scale invasion of Ukraine by land, sea, and air. This is a premeditated and wholly unprovoked attack on a sovereign democratic state. My thoughts are with the Ukrainian people and their President, who have shown incredible defiance, courage, and patriotism in the face of foreign aggression.
The UK Government is leading the way in providing vital military assistance to ensure that Ukraine is well equipped to fight Putin’s war machine. The UK Government has already committed £1.3 billion in military aid and operational support, including support for weapons; economic and humanitarian support totals nearly £400 million, including medical supplies and shelter kits; and approximately 86,600 Ukrainians have arrived in the UK.
At the NATO Leaders’ Summit in June, it was announced that the UK Government will provide an additional £1 billion of vital military support to Ukraine. The Scottish Government’s contribution of £65 million to the support package is welcome.
This increase in funding will herald a new phase in the international community’s support for Ukraine. It will fund capabilities including sophisticated air defence systems, unmanned aerial vehicles, innovative new electronic warfare equipment, and thousands of pieces of vital kit for Ukrainian soldiers.
Putin must fail. I am assured that the UK Government, standing alongside our friends in Ukraine and allies around the world, using all possible means at its disposal, is urgently engaged on ensuring he does fail. Please be assured that I am following these efforts closely.