Britain Ready to Supply Lethal Arms to Ukraine, Country’s Presidential Aide Says

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Using foreign military hardware is nothing new for the Ukrainian Army, where US-made weaponry, including patrol vehicles, fast boats, and Javelin anti-tank missiles are currently in service.

Senior Ukrainian presidential aide Andriy Yermak said on Friday that the UK had expressed readiness to provide the country with a hefty lethal weapons contract, in addition to a £1 billion ($1.2 billion) loan to the Ukrainian Navy.

The statement came as President Volodymyr Zelensky met UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in London to sign a spate of bilateral cooperation agreements.

In this vein, he also referred to a simmering military conflict in eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region, touting the current truce as “a huge achievement”.

‘Unwise Move’

London’s push for sending lethal arms to Ukraine may have far-reaching consequences, political analysts warn in the wake of Yermak’s remarks.

He describes London’s decision to provide Kiev with lethal weapons as an “unwise move” that contributes to escalating the conflict in Ukraine. According to Kasonta, Britain may now be “perceived as a threat to the world rather than a positively contributing actor”.

Britain’s planned arms supplies to Ukraine may exacerbate the regional situation in the former Soviet republics that border Russia, Stevan Gajic, PhD in political science from the Institute of European Studies in Belgrade, says.

Gajic notes that while the…

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