The UK’s defence secretary Ben Wallace told the UK parliament on Monday that the UK is sending short-range anti-tank missiles to Ukraine to bolster its self-defence, according to a report by the BBC.
Wallace’s statement comes as Russia amassed over 100,000 troops near the Ukrainian border escalating tensions between itself and the West. The announcement comes a week after the Russian authorities met US and NATO for a series of diplomatic discussions regarding the tensions.
The BBC report also highlighted that a small number of British soldiers will also be sent to Ukraine to help Ukrainian forces with training. Wallace said that Ukraine has the right to defend itself and the small catchment of weapons will help the nation bolster its defence as Russia prepares to advance.
“Let me be clear: this support is for short-range and clearly defensive weapon capabilities; they are not strategic weapons and pose no threat to Russia; they are to be used in self-defence,” Wallace was quoted as saying by the BBC.