Support to Ukraine’s Military

Defence – in the House of Commons on 28th March 2022.

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Photo of Mark Fletcher Mark Fletcher Conservative, Bolsover

What support his Department is providing to Ukraine’s military.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Britain was the first European country to supply lethal aid to Ukraine. The UK has so far delivered more than 4,000 next-generation light anti-tank weapons, as well as Javelin anti-tank systems, and is committed to providing Starstreak missiles. We will continue to deliver more. We have also delivered non-lethal aid in the form of body armour, helmets, boots, ration packs, rangefinders and communications equipment.

Photo of Mark Fletcher Mark Fletcher Conservative, Bolsover

I welcome the recent announcement that 6,000 additional missiles will go to Ukraine. Indeed, I think we have led the way in terms of providing support for that country. As the conflict evolves, however, many scenarios may play out. What steps is the Department taking to plan for future support that the Ukrainians may need?

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Secretary of State and I both speak to our counterparts in the Ukrainian MOD numerous times each week. It is apparent, as I am sure it would be if we were in these circumstances, that the thing that starts every conversation is resourcing the fight tomorrow. The great advantage of the partnership and trust between the UK and Ukrainian MODs is that we are able to do some of the thinking about what they might need next week, the week after and in three months’ time, and we are working hard to ensure that we are cueing up industry to deliver those capabilities as quickly as we can.

Photo of Patrick Grady Patrick Grady Scottish National Party, Glasgow North

How much of the MOD’s spending on that kind of relief in Ukraine will be counted as official development assistance?

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

I will need to write to the hon. Gentleman about that, but I am not sure that it would be very much at all.