During a working visit to Ukraine, UK Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace met with Minister of Defence of Ukraine Oleksii Reznikov. During the meeting, the Ministers discussed a number of important security issues.
“Naturally, we discussed Ukraine’s NATO perspective in the context of the upcoming NATO Summit in Vilnius. Including Ukraine’s vision of stabilising peace in Europe, using the peace formula of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy,” said Oleksii Reznikov.
Oleksii Reznikov also added that he and Ben Wallace discussed priorities for arming Ukraine to achieve victory.
“In particular, weapons that will allow us to hit the enemy at long range, such as Storm Shadow,” the Minister of Defence of Ukraine added.
For his part, the UK Defence Secretary noted that Ukraine had received the Storm Shadow missiles that could be used at long range. These are some of the first long-range missiles provided to Ukraine by its allies. The UK has provided this type of weaponry because of russia’s continued use of its long-range weapons, which it uses to harm civilians and critical civilian infrastructure.
Oleksii Reznikov thanked the UK and Ben Wallace’s team for standing by Ukraine from the first day of russia’s large-scale invasion of Ukraine and for taking an absolute unwavering and resolute position in support of Ukraine.
“The world has seen the leadership of the United Kingdom again, the world has seen true friendship again, and the world has seen that this leadership gives an advantage on the battlefield. The first batches of NLAW anti-tank weapons, assistance in decision-making on the acquisition of 155-calibre artillery by Ukraine, the creation of a special fund to support Ukraine and the possibility of purchasing weapons from different countries, arming the Ukrainian Navy with Harpoon anti-ship missiles together with partners, participation in providing Ukraine with modern MLRS systems such as M270, armoured vehicles of various classes and types, and huge projects to train our military personnel abroad. And such “goodies” as Storm Shadow, and many other things I can’t tell you about at the moment. And all of this Ukraine has received thanks to Ben Wallace’s personal involvement, his leadership and the efforts of his team,” said Oleksii Reznikov.