The UK has sent a helicopter to Ukraine for the first time as part of its support program for the country invaded by Russia, the British Ministry of Defense said on Wednesday.
British Defense Minister Ben Wallace, who is in Norway discussing allied representatives on means of support for Ukraine, said that London would also send an additional shipment of 10,000 artillery shells to Kiev.
“Our support for Ukraine is unwavering. The supplementary munitions will help Ukraine secure the territories regained from Russia in recent weeks,” Ben Wallace said in a statement.
The document indicates the “first deployment of Sea King helicopters that will provide Ukraine with essential rescue and search capabilities”.
The first of three devices has already been shipped to the country.
So far, the UK has supplied Kiev with air defense systems and drones (unmanned devices) but has never sent helicopters.
The Sea Kings cross an important line on the “gifting” of air platforms. These will help, but we need to go further with combat platforms if Ukraine are going to prevail. This winter provides a useful period to consolidate and reconstitute Ukrainian air forces in particular. https://t.co/iDCKGG0xie
—Greg Bagwell (@gregbagwell) November 23, 2022
According to the statement, the British forces have formed ten teams of Ukrainian Army and engineers who will operate the Sea Kings.
British military aid also includes “125 anti-aircraft guns and technology to contain drones allegedly supplied by Iran, as well as dozens of radars and electronic anti-drone equipment.
SOURCE: Diário de Notícias