UK sending helicopters to Ukraine for first time to help secure retaken territory

Zelensky and Sunak

Zelensky and Sunak

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New Delhi: The United Kingdom is sending helicopters to Ukraine for the first time in an escalation of support for Kyiv’s resistance against Vladimir Putin, said, defense secretary, Ben Wallace.
According to a report in PA Media, three Sea King helicopters will be sent, with the first already in Ukraine. They are the first piloted aircraft to be sent by the UK since the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Wallace also said an extra 10,000 artillery rounds were being sent to help Ukraine secure the territory it has recaptured from the invading forces in recent weeks.
“Our support for Ukraine is unwavering. These additional artillery rounds will help Ukraine to secure the land it has reclaimed from Russia in recent weeks,” he said during a visit to Norway, as reported by the BBC.
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This move comes after UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak made a sudden visit to Kyiv over the weekend and announced a further £50m in defence aid. The Royal Navy provided six weeks’ training on Sea Kings in the UK for Ukraine’s armed forces and engineers, said the Ministry of Defence said. The UK has also made a commitment to provide 1,000 surface-to-air missiles and 125 anti-aircraft guns to Ukraine.
Earlier today, in fresh strikes by Russia on Ukraine, a two-day-old baby boy was killed in an attack on a hospital in southern Ukraine. The governor of Zaporizhzhia has claimed Russian forces fired on a maternity ward on Tuesday night, as reported by the Telegraph.

“Grief fills our hearts, a baby who has just appeared in the world has been killed,” Oleksandr Starukh wrote on Telegram.

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The ward in Vilnyansk was hit by S-300 missiles. While the newborn’s mother was rescued from the rubble, her baby did not survive. Two doctors were also seriously injured in the attack.

Speaking on the attack, President Volodymyr Zelensky said, “The enemy has once again decided to try to achieve with terror and murder what it wasn’t able to achieve for nine months and won’t be able to achieve.”