Since Russia launched its attack against Ukraine in February, the UK has offered support through military, humanitarian and economic aid.
The government have provided £1.5 billion worth of aid since February, with plans for this figure to increase until Putin puts an end to the violence. The package of military aid, announced before a meeting of G7 leaders at the start of the war, marked the UK’s highest rate of military spending since the end of the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns. Humanitarian aid includes donations of medical supplies and support for the Red Cross, who help those in need.
Zelensky has expressed his gratitude for British support numerous times. Boris Johnson as well as Liz Truss both stated that the war was a priority. But the war continues to ravage lives and it seems like Putin will stop at anything to win.
The UK has been dominated by news stories about a new prime minister, the death a monarch, and an economic crisis. Some argue that we must solve problems on our own soil before we can consider further assistance to Ukraine. However, critics claim that the measures taken so far have not been effective, and that Ukraine requires our government to act faster.
A new opinion poll suggests that only 45 percent support the government’s role in Ukraine. The survey, which was conducted by Ipsos for The Times, found there was strong backing for the UK’s contribution overall, however, opinion was softer among the younger generation. This could be due to the fact that the older generation tends to prioritize defense as a means to protect our country.
“By helping our brothers and neighbours, we are helping ourselves”, said one member of the public, when I asked whether he agreed with the governments approach.
Another said “we need to help ourselves”.