Another £ 1.3 billion in military support will be provided by Britain to Ukrainian forces they are fighting against the Russian invasion.

Escalation of British aid for Vladimir Zelensky The armed forces are the highest level of British military spending on the conflict since the rise of companies in Iraq and Afghanistan.

£ 1.3 billion from UK reserves includes £ 300 million of military kit promised Boris Johnson earlier this week.

Mr Johnson, US President Joe Biden and other G7 leaders will hold talks with Ukrainian President Zelensky on Sunday to discuss proposed additional support.

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The military kit promised by Mr. Johnson includes anti-battery radar systems for Russian artillery, GPS jamming equipment and night vision devices.

The news came after Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Iryna Verashchuk said that all other women, children and the elderly had been able to leave the Azovstal metallurgical plant in besieged Mariupol.

She said: “The president’s order has been fulfilled: all women, children and the elderly have been evacuated from Azovstal. This part of the Mariupol humanitarian operation has been completed.”

Cities across Ukraine are preparing for the expected increase in attacks ahead of Monday’s traditional celebration of Russia’s victory.

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Johnson will meet with arms companies

Mr Johnson will host a meeting of arms companies later this month to discuss increased production in response to demand created by the conflict in Ukraine.

Officials said the announcement would help support the British arms industry, which could benefit from a global shift from relying on equipment from Russia that has come under Vladimir Putin’s sanctions.

The prime minister said: “Putin’s brutal attack is not only causing vague destruction in Ukraine, it is also threatening peace and security throughout Europe.”

The funding comes in addition to earlier commitments of around £ 1.5 billion, which includes £ 400 million in humanitarian aid and a loan guarantee of £ 700 million in additional World Bank lending.

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President Biden has promised a package that includes artillery shells, radars and other military equipment. Photo: AP

The United States promises artillery shells and radars

President Biden has promised a package that includes artillery shells, radars and other military equipment.

Sunday’s virtual meeting of G7 leaders may also consider additional sanctions against Russia.

The White House sees the meeting as a way to demonstrate the unity of the West ahead of the May 9 Victory Parade in Moscow.

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There were speculations that the Russian president hoped to use a symbolically important date to highlight his success in Ukraine, but fierce resistance from Kiev forces withdrew any such statement.

The UK Ministry of Defense said that Russia’s ability to fight with modern technology has suffered from losses in Ukraine and the impact of sanctions.

The Defense Ministry said at least one of Russia’s most advanced T-90M tanks had been destroyed in combat, while sanctions restricted access to microelectronic components for complex equipment.

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