Britain takes position as second BIGGEST donor to war-ridden Ukraine as it delivers more counter explosives

The UK is the second biggest donor to Ukraine after the US
The UK is the second biggest donor to Ukraine after the US

Britain is the second biggest donor of aid to Ukraine behind the US

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The UK has given more than 1,000 high-tech metal detectors and 100 bomb disarming kits to Ukraine in a bid to help President Zelenskyy’s troops clear minefields.

Britain is the world’s second biggest donor to Ukraine behind the US and was the first country in Europe to send aid.

Ukraine: Ben Wallace says Britain has provided £2.3 billion of aid
Ukraine: Ben Wallace says Britain has provided £2.3 billion of aid

Since Putin invaded Ukraine in February, the RAF has flown more than 240 flights to move tonnes of military aid.

Britain has provided more than 1,000 air anti-air missiles and 125 anti-aircraft guns to help Ukraine defend against Russian strikes on cities and infrastructure.

And the armed forces have also trained thousands of personnel from the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU).

A major training programme began in the UK in June, with UK personnel working alongside international partners to train new recruits in the basics of combat.

Meanwhile at sea, the UK has donated maritime Brimstone missiles and autonomous underwater mine-hunting vehicles to help keep waters safe for shipping.

Britain has sent another package of counter explosives
Britain has sent another package of counter explosives

The Defence Secretary, Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP said: “Russia’s use of landmines and targeting of civilian infrastructure underline the shocking cruelty of Putin’s invasion.

“This latest package of UK support will help Ukraine safely clear land and buildings as it reclaims its rightful territory.

The UK has been the most generous European country offering £2.3 billion of aid – the amount will be matched again next year.