Rishi Sunak’s UK Denies Large Troop Deployment to Ukraine, Offers Support Instead

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London (Parliament Politic Magazine) – UK denies large troop deployment to Ukraine despite Macron’s call; offers training, and equipment support to Kyiv forces.

The UK has no plans for a large-scale deployment of troops to Ukraine, a spokesman for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak stated on Tuesday, in answer to French President Emmanuel Macron’s remarks about European nations sending troops to Ukraine.

“Beyond the small number of personnel we do have in the country supporting the armed forces of Ukraine, we haven’t got any plans for large-scale deployment,” the spokesman told reporters, adding that large numbers of Ukrainian troops were being trained in Britain and London was supporting Kyiv with equipment and supplies.

Moreover, Rishi Sunak has urged the United States to continue providing “bolder” military aid for Ukraine, following the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion.

Writing in The Sunday Times, the prime minister also expressed Ukraine’s allies should use money acquired through Russian sanctions and assets to fund Ukraine’s defense.

The UK has also committed to investing £ 245 million in delivering artillery shells for Ukraine and £ 8.5 million in humanitarian funding as the conflict enters its third year.

US President Joe Biden has labored to secure approval for further military aid, as Republicans in the US Congress have sought to thwart military aid to Ukraine as part of a partisan battle over immigration.

Last Saturday marked two years since the Kremlin launched its attack on Ukraine, beginning the biggest incursion in a European country since the Second World War.

Mr. Sunak stated: “We should never underestimate what America has done for Ukraine and Euro-Atlantic security.

“I urge them to continue that support, and I am confident they will.”

He added: “We must be bolder with our military support — providing Ukraine with more long-range weapons, more drones and more munitions.

“We must be bolder in hitting the Russian war economy. Our collective sanctions have deprived Russia of 400 billion US dollars for their war effort — enough to finance the invasion for another four years.”

Mr. Sunak also urged Ukraine’s allies should look to directly redistribute any money taken from Russia or its citizens back to the war efforts.

He contended: “We must be bolder in seizing the hundreds of billions of frozen Russian assets.

“That starts with taking the billions in interest these assets are collecting and sending it to Ukraine.

“And then, with the G7, we must find lawful ways to seize the assets themselves and get those funds to Ukraine too.”

Mr. Sunak visited Kyiv last month and met with t Volodymyr Zelensky to sign a new security agreement and announce an increase in military funding for the country. Other partners from the EU and the G7 including Italian premier Giorgia Meloni and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen flew to Kyiv on Saturday to mark the anniversary of the war.

Questioned why the Prime Minister did not travel to Ukraine with other leaders, Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden described Sky’s Sunday Morning With Trevor Phillips show: “You shouldn’t read from that any diminution whatsoever in United Kingdom support for Ukraine.

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“We are four square behind them as you saw with the presence of Rishi Sunak in Kyiv just a few weeks ago.”

Daniele Naddei

Daniele Naddei is a journalist at Parliament News covering European affairs, was born in Naples on April 8, 1991. He also serves as the Director of the CentroSud24 newspaper. During the period from 2010 to 2013, Naddei completed an internship at the esteemed local radio station Radio Club 91. Subsequently, he became the author of a weekly magazine published by the Italian Volleyball Federation of Campania (FIPAV Campania), which led to his registration in the professional order of Journalists of Campania in early 2014, listed under publicists. From 2013 to 2018, he worked as a freelance photojournalist and cameraman for external services for Rai and various local entities, including TeleCapri, CapriEvent, and TLA. Additionally, between 2014 and 2017, Naddei collaborated full-time with various newspapers in Campania, both in print and online. During this period, he also resumed his role as Editor-in-Chief at Radio Club 91.
Naddei is actively involved as a press officer for several companies and is responsible for editing cultural and social events in the city through his association with the Medea Fattoria Sociale. This experience continued until 2021. Throughout these years, he hosted or collaborated on football sports programs for various local broadcasters, including TLA, TvLuna, TeleCapri, Radio Stonata, Radio Amore, and Radio Antenna Uno.
From 2016 to 2018, Naddei was employed as an editor at newspapers of national interest within the Il24.it circuit, including Internazionale24, Salute24, and OggiScuola. Since 2019, Naddei has been one of the creators of the Rabona television program "Calcio è Passione," which has been broadcast on TeleCapri Sport since 2023.