Britain has agreed to sell warships and missiles to Ukraine as tensions rise with Russia.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace signed an agreement with Ukraine to bolster the country’s naval capabilities after 100,000 Russian troops descended on the border amid fears of an imminent invasion.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky claimed that Western countries shared information about Moscow’s military movements after the United States warned of a possible attack.
The new treaty between Britain and Ukraine will supply two mine countermeasures ships, the joint production of eight missile ships, as well as the delivery of and renovation of weapons systems to existing ships.
There will also be the joint production of frigate and technical support to the country for the construction of naval infrastructure.
A joint statement by Wallace and Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Yuriyovych Reznikov said Britain was “standing shoulder to shoulder with the people of Ukraine”.
It said: “Our governments do not want to be opposed, or try to somehow strategically surround or undermine the Russian Federation.
“We are concerned about Russia’s military build-up and action around Ukraine’s borders.
“Ukraine’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity are unquestionable.
“The United Kingdom stands shoulder to shoulder with the people of Ukraine and will continue its long-term decision to support them.
“We are unwavering in that support and together we remain vigilant and united in the defense of our common values and freedoms.”
Downing Street expressed concern about the rapid accumulation of Russian troops at its border with Ukraine.
Mr Johnson warned: “I think it would be a tragic, tragic mistake for the Kremlin to think there is anything to be gained.”
Whitehall sources said the British government is concerned about the information it has received and that there has been “concern” and “concern” among officials.
And Britain’s most senior military officer has admitted he is also “concerned” about Russia’s developing threat in Eastern Europe.
General Sir Nick Carter – the Chief of the Defense Staff – warned that Britain must be “on guard” over Putin’s intentions with Ukraine and tensions with Belarus.
There is a crisis on the border of Belarus and Poland – where Kremlin puppet Alexander Lukashenko has been accused of arms migration to pressure the EU.
A minister said British troops are on standby to protect countries in Eastern Europe from Russian aggression, with a force of 600 SAS soldiers on standby to be sent to Kiev’s aid if Moscow launches an attack on Ukraine.
The prime minister said, “what we need to do is make sure everyone understands that the cost of miscalculation at the borders of both Ukraine and Poland would be enormous.”
But the Kremlin has denied claims that it is preparing to invade Ukraine and has grumbled about growing action in the region of NATO’s transatlantic alliance.
Spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed Western media reports that Moscow has intentions to invade Ukraine as a “hollow and baseless attempt to incite tensions”.
And presenter Irada Zeynalova at NTV claimed that the West is “aggravating the situation” with Black Sea “almost at boiling point both in the air and in the sea”.
“It’s already dangerous,” she said.
It comes after a shocking video appeared to show Russian tanks, armored vehicles and soldiers crowding near the town of Voronezh – just 180 miles from the Ukrainian border.
The vehicles, which include a battalion of main battle tanks T-80U, are understood to have been lowered from the Moscow area.
Other clips show tanks carried by train near the city, while further footage shows a row of military troop-carrying trucks steaming down a highway in Bryansk about 100 miles from the border.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken described Washington as “very concerned” about the possible “attempt to refresh” the 2014 invasion of Russia.
He said that because of the country’s history of aggressive action and current uncertainty “we have real concerns about what we see in the present”.