UK gives Ukraine anti-tank weapons as Canada sends special forces

The United Kingdom has begun provision Ukraine with anti-tank weapons and Canada has reportedly deployed a tiny fortuitous of special army to Kyiv amid concerns of a probable advance by Russia.

The developments came as Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov angrily deserted claims by a United States final week that Moscow was scheming a stratagem to invade Ukraine if tact unsuccessful to accommodate a objectives.

While Moscow – that has deployed 100,000 infantry nearby a limit with Ukraine – denies skeleton for an conflict opposite Ukraine, it has pronounced it could take vague infantry movement unless a West agrees to a list of demands, including banning Kyiv from ever fasten NATO.

Russia views NATO’s enlargement eastwards as an existential threat.

But Washington and a allies have resolutely deserted Moscow’s final and Russia-US negotiations in Geneva and a associated NATO-Russia assembly in Brussels finished final week though a breakthrough.

Kyiv has given asked Western countries for arms to assistance it strengthen itself.

Speaking in a British council on Monday, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace pronounced a UK had “taken a preference to supply Ukraine with light anti-armour defensive arms systems”.

The initial weaponry was delivered on Monday and a tiny series of British crew would yield training for a brief duration of time, he said, though naming a series and form of weapons that were being sent.

But he added, “They are not vital weapons and poise no hazard to Russia. They are to use in self-defence.

“These are short-range …. though though it would make people postponement and consider what they were doing and if tanks were to hurl into Ukraine, invade it, afterwards they would be partial of a counterclaim mechanism.”

In a apart article published on Monday, Wallace also addressed Russian claims of threats from NATO, observant a Western confidence fondness is “to a core, defensive”.

“Former Soviet states have not been stretched ‘into’ by NATO, though assimilated during their possess request,” he wrote. “The Kremlin attempts to benefaction NATO as a Western tract to intrude on a territory, though in reality, a expansion in Alliance membership is a healthy response of those states to a possess assail activities and threats.”

In Kyiv, Ukraine’s Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov welcomed a UK’s support, observant in a Twitter post that his nation “highly appreciates Britain’s preference to yield a new confidence package with light, anti-armour, defensive arms systems!”

Ukrainian officials have warned that Russia could launch an conflict on their nation from several directions, including from a domain of a fan Belarus. Russian and Belarusian infantry are formulation to reason large-scale infantry drills subsequent month, including nearby Belarus’s limit with Ukraine.

Belarus Security Council Secretary Alexander Volfovich pronounced on Monday that Russian infantry had started nearing in a nation for a exercise, according to a BELTA news agency.

In further to denying carrying skeleton to conflict a neighbour, Russia has instead indicted a Ukrainian care of hatching skeleton to use force to retrieve control of a Russian-backed rebel-held territories in eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian authorities have denied a claim.

Separately in Canada, Global News reported that Ottawa had dispatched special army operators to Ukraine.

Citing vague sources, a TV broadcaster pronounced a section will brand ways to support a Ukrainian supervision and assistance rise depletion skeleton for Canadian tactful crew in a eventuality of a full-scale invasion.

A orator for a Canadian Special Operations Forces Command pronounced it could not endorse a report, though pronounced it has upheld a Ukrainian confidence army on a periodic basement to yield training and “instructor and care expertise” given 2020.

The news came as Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly met Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmygal in Kyiv on Monday during a revisit directed during deliberating efforts to deter “aggressive actions” by Russia.

Russia took control of Crimea in 2014.

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