UK PM Sunak Stands with Ukraine as Free World Unites on Russian Conflict Anniversary

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London (Parliament Politic Magazine) – UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak pledges GBP 12 billion aid to Ukraine, reaffirms support against Russian invasion on conflict anniversary.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak observed the second anniversary of the Russia-Ukraine conflict on Saturday with a promise to renew the UK’s decision to support the Ukrainians and declared the free world united in its reaction to President Vladimir Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine. The British Indian leader glanced upon his recent visit to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv when he announced a significant package of defense aid to Ukraine, taking the UK’s total support to GBP 12 billion.

It arrives as the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) committed GBP 8.5 million in humanitarian funding to the Red Cross Movement and the Ukraine Humanitarian Fund.

“When Putin launched his illegal invasion two years ago, the free world was united in its response. We stood together behind Ukraine. And on this grim anniversary, we must renew our determination,” expressed Sunak in a statement from 10 Downing Street.

“I was in Kyiv just a few weeks ago, and I met wounded Ukrainian soldiers. Each harrowing story was a reminder of Ukraine’s courage in the face of terrible suffering. It was a reminder of the price they are paying not only to defend their country against a completely unjustified invasion but also to defend the very principles of freedom, sovereignty, and the rule of law, on which we all depend,” he stated.

He added: “The UK is going further in our support. Last month, I announced the most significant single package of defense aid to Ukraine, taking our total support to GBP 12 billion, and signed a ten-year agreement on security cooperation – the first of its kind.

“This is the moment to show that tyranny will never triumph and to say once again that we will stand with Ukraine today and tomorrow. We are prepared to do whatever it takes, for as long as it takes, until they prevail.” According to the FCDO, over 14.6 million people – about 40 percent of the Ukrainian population – require humanitarian assistance. Millions have been left homeless, struggle without adequate access to water, food, and electricity, and desperately need health, protection, and other essential services and supplies in “territories under Russian occupation.”

“Ukrainians are bravely defending their land against Russia’s brutal invasion, but the past two years of war have had a tragic impact on millions of people across Ukraine. Families have been separated, towns and villages decimated, and vital civilian infrastructure destroyed. The UK stands with Ukraine and is committed to supporting the most vulnerable Ukrainians living through the horrors of this war,” stated UK Foreign Secretary David Cameron.

The statement follows Cameron’s visit to the United Nations on Friday, where he discoursed the United Nations Security Council and United Nations General Assembly and supported the UK’s commitment to supporting Ukraine.

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Over GBP 6 million of the UK budget will support the Red Cross Movement’s neutral and impartial work, reinforcing their current emergency response projects and their support to the most vulnerable in Ukraine. Meanwhile, GBP 2.5 million will fund the Ukraine Humanitarian Fund, part of the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. 

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 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.