UK Sends 2,000 Anti-tank Missiles, 30 Elite Troops to Ukraine Amid Heightened Tensions with Russia

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UK sends troops, anti-tank weapons to Ukraine amid fears of Russian invasion
UK sends troops, anti-tank weapons to Ukraine amid fears of Russian invasion

The United Kingdom’s Government has sent 2,000 anti-tank missile launchers and a group of around 30 elite troops to Ukraine as tensions soar with Russia

That's according to Sky News, Ukrinform reports.

"The members of the Ranger Regiment - part of the army's newly-formed Special Operations Brigade - flew out on military planes that also airlifted a total of some 2,000 anti-tank missile launchers to the country during the course of this week," the media outlet said.

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UK sends 2,000 anti-tank missiles, 30 elite troops to Ukraine amid heightened tensions with Russia, Defense Express
British planes delivered NLAW - man-portable, short range fire-and-forget anti-tank guided missile system to Ukraine / Photo credit: MoD of Ukraine

According to the report, a group of around 30 elite British troops arrived in Ukraine to help train the Ukrainian armed forces on new anti-tank weapons.

According to Sky News, open source flight-tracking software has plotted Royal Air Force C-17 transport aircraft flying back and forth between the UK and Ukraine.

UK sends 2,000 anti-tank missiles, 30 elite troops to Ukraine amid heightened tensions with Russia, Defense Express
Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister for European Integration Anatoliy Petrenko stated that the provided assistance would strengthen Ukraine’s defensive capabilities and would be used exclusively for self-defense / Photo credit: MoD of Ukraine

George Allison, of the UK Defense Journal, a website focused on defense news, posted on Twitter a time-lapse of the flights, which he said began on Monday.

The UK is understood to have gifted the Next Generation Light Anti-Tank Weapon, (NLAW), which is described by its manufacturers as "the first ever single soldier missile system that rapidly knocks out any Main Battle Tank in just one shot by striking it from above."

UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace announced to parliament on Monday that Britain would increase its military support to Ukraine, which also included an increase in British military personnel on the ground as trainers.

UK sends 2,000 anti-tank missiles, 30 elite troops to Ukraine amid heightened tensions with Russia, Defense Express
The UK will supply Ukraine with “light, anti-armor, defensive weapon systems,” amid a Russian military buildup on its border, Britain’s defense secretary said Monday, January 18. Photograph: Fredrik Sandberg/TT News Agency/AFP/Getty Images

"We have taken the decision to supply Ukraine with light, anti-armor, defensive weapon systems," Wallace said, adding that "they are not strategic weapons and pose no threat to Russia; they are to use in self-defense."

The decision to provide weapons to Ukraine, according to Wallace, was a response to "the increasingly threatening behavior from Russia." And "a small number" of British troops will provide training to help Kyiv's forces in using the weapons systems, he added.

UK sends 2,000 anti-tank missiles, 30 elite troops to Ukraine amid heightened tensions with Russia, Defense Express
A British military cargo C-17 plane unloads anti-tank weapons in Ukraine / Photo credit: MoD of Ukraine

British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace announced that Great Britain had begun supplying Ukraine with new light anti-tank weapons in response to “the increasingly threatening behaviour from Russia”.

As Defense Express reported, U.S. State Department have allowed Baltic states to send U.S.-made missiles and weapons to Ukraine.

Earlier Ukrainian and US intelligence indicates Russia preparing operation to justify invasion of Ukraine. At the same time USA approves additional $200 mln in security aid to Ukraine and together with NATO alliance members working over supplying Stinger missiles to Ukraine in addition to the American military assistance that is already flowing to Kyiv.

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