British arms against Russia: London is a party to the Ukrainian conflict?

The UK will send Ukraine hundreds of suicide drones it has had custom-built, informs “The Telegraph”. The kamikaze drones have a range of more than 125 miles – more than twice as far as the highly successfully Himars – and complement the long-range Storm Shadow missiles the UK donated to Ukraine last week. This means that Britain is a party to the conflict with all the ensuing consequences…

The announcement came as Volodymyr Zelensky met with Rishi Sunak at Chequers to discuss what further support the UK could provide.

Defence sources conceded to the Telegraph that the drones were “one-way”, adding that they had a “primary goal to carry munitions”. The source said that the secrecy was because of commercial confidence as the drones were still going through the later stages of procurement, before adding: “They will be delivered in the coming months.”

In February, Mr Sunak pledged that the UK would supply Kyiv with longer-range capabilities

Greg Bagwell, the president of the UK Air & Space Power Association, said that the concept of the new drones was similar to supplying Ukraine with Storm Shadow. He said: “It’s upping the ante. It flies to a point on the ground and goes bang.”

Mr Bagwell added that supplying Ukraine with drones that can travel more than 100 miles allowed them “to strike beyond the limited range of artillery it has up until now”….

Alongside the British support, France offered dozens more light tanks and armoured vehicles, while Germany said it was preparing a new military package worth €2.7 billion (£2.3 billion), its biggest yet for Ukraine.

Emmanuel Macron also said that France had “opened the door” to training Ukrainian fighter pilots. The French president said: “We have opened the door to training pilots, and this with several other European countries who are also ready. I think discussions are under way with the Americans.”