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UK considers sending more anti-ship missiles to Ukraine

Robert Besser
20 Jun 2022, 01:45 GMT+10

LONDON, England: Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said this week that the UK is considering providing the Ukraine with additional anti-ship missiles, in addition to weapons it earlier committed to sending.

On the sidelines of a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels this week, its members will discuss the possible delivery of additional weapons to Ukraine.

According to Wallace, the UK's delivery of guided multi-launch rocket systems (MLRS) promised to Ukraine would be "imminent," and the government was considering sending more weapons.

During a visit to Oslo, Wallace told reporters, "We are obviously exploring anti-ship capabilities greater than we already put, in the Brimstone family of weapons systems."

"We are also looking at whether we can donate to complement the Dutch and the Danish with our Harpoon anti-ship missiles as well, although they are a slightly different variant," he added.

Training of Ukrainian military personnel is becoming as important as sending weapons, and more was needed to be done in terms of training, Wallace added.

"The Ukrainian forces in the east of the country..some of them have been on that front for 90 days, they are exhausted, they are often, in artillery terms, outnumbered in very high ratios. It is important to help Ukraine with its ability to replace people on the frontline," he said.

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