A further £1.3bn in military support will be provided by the UK to Ukrainian forces as they fight against Russia’s invasion.
The escalation of British assistance for Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s forces is the highest rate of UK military spending on a conflict since the height of the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The £1.3bn, drawn from the UK’s reserves, includes £300m of military kit promised by Boris Johnson earlier this week.
Mr Johnson, US President Joe Biden and leaders from other G7 nations will hold talks with Ukrainian president Mr Zelenskyy on Sunday to discuss the additional support on offer.
The military kit promised by Mr Johnson includes anti-battery radar systems to target Russian artillery, GPS jamming equipment and night vision devices.
Johnson to meet arms companies over production
Mr Johnson will host a meeting of arms companies later this month to discuss increasing production in response to the demand created by the conflict in Ukraine.
Officials said the announcement would help support the British arms industry, which could benefit from the global shift away from reliance on equipment from Vladimir Putin’s sanction-hit Russia.
The PM said: “Putin’s brutal attack is not only causing untold devastation in Ukraine, it is also threatening peace and security across Europe.”
The funding comes on top of earlier commitments worth about £1.5bn, which included £400m in humanitarian aid and loan guarantees for £700m in additional World Bank lending.
• The governor of Luhansk said on Saturday night that a school had been damaged and dozens of people were trapped after a Russian bomb hit a school in the village of Bilohorivka
• Russia fired six cruise missiles at Odesa, with videos on social media showing thick smoke over the Black Sea port city
• A Russian missile destroyed a national museum in the Kharkiv region, and Mr Zelenskyy said that Russian forces have destroyed or damaged about 200 cultural heritage sites during the war
• US First Lady Jill Biden visited Ukrainian refugees in Romania on Saturday, praising them for being “amazingly strong and resilient”
• The World Health Organisation has documented 200 attacks on healthcare facilities in Ukraine during the war, despite Russia denying it is targeting civilians
• Ukrainian armed forces in the Donbas region said they fought off nine enemy attacks on Saturday, destroying 19 tanks and 24 other armoured vehicles as well as downing a helicopter
Cities across Ukraine are preparing for a possible increase in attacks ahead of Russia’s Victory Day holiday on Monday.
There has been speculation that the Russian president had hoped to use the symbolically important date to highlight his success in Ukraine, but the fierce resistance put up by Kyiv’s forces has scuppered any such claim.
The UK’s Ministry of Defence said Russia’s ability to fight with modern equipment was being damaged by losses in Ukraine and the impact of sanctions.
The MoD said at least one of Russia’s most advanced T-90M tanks had been destroyed in fighting, while sanctions were restricting access to microelectronic components for sophisticated equipment.
Meanwhile, in his nightly address on Saturday, Mr Zelenskyy said that the situation in the southern city of Mariupol remained particularly dire.
He said that women, children, and the elderly had been evacuated from a steel plant where they had been sheltering along with a small number of Ukrainian fighters. It is not clear if civilian men have been allowed out.
The next step was to arrange the evacuation of the wounded and medical workers helping them.
Regarding efforts to negotiate the safe passage of the Ukrainian soldiers, he said: “This is extremely difficult, but it is important.
“I’m sure everyone understand the root cause of this complication, as well as where the cause is located.
“But we do not lose hope. We do not stop. Every day we are looking for a diplomatic option that can work out.”