UK announces more long-range multiple-launch rocket systems for Ukraine

The United Kingdom will send send further multiple-launch rocket systems (MLRS) to Ukraine, according to Defense Secretary Ben Wallace.

“Britain will also give a significant number of precision guided M31A1 missiles which can strike targets up to 80km away, enabling Ukraine to continue to defend itself against Russian heavy artillery,” the Ministry of Defense announced.

Wallace said in a statement: “This latest tranche of military support will enable the Armed Forces of Ukraine to continue to defend against Russian aggression and the indiscriminate use of long-range artillery. Britain and the international community remain opposed to this illegal war and will stand shoulder-to-shoulder, providing defensive military aid to Ukraine to help them defend against Putin’s invasion.”

Ukrainian troops have been trained in the UK on how to use the launchers.

The Ministry of Defense said other equipment currently being delivered to Ukraine includes more than 20 155 millimeter self-propelled guns; 105 millimeter artillery guns and ammunition; more than 50,000 rounds of ammunition for Ukraine’s Soviet-era artillery; and at least 1,600 more anti-tank weapons.

The UK and other NATO countries are also committed to training up to 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers in infantry skills.

The announcement came as Wallace co-hosts a conference of northern NATO states to discuss further long-term support for Ukraine on training, equipment, and funding.

The Ministry of Defense said the UK and its allies will begin to establish a plan of action to support Ukraine into 2023 and beyond for as long as necessary.

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