Russia-Ukraine crisis: UK sending weapons to defend Ukraine - BBC Newsnight

  • Published on Jan 16, 2022
  • Britain is supplying Ukraine with short-range anti-tank missiles for self-defence after Russia amassed about 100,000 troops on its border, UK defence secretary said. Please subscribe HERE
    Ben Wallace told MPs a small team of British troops would also be sent to Ukraine to provide training.
    He said there was "legitimate and real cause for concern" the Russian troops could be used for an invasion.
    Russia denies any invasion plans and accuses the West of aggression.
    Newsnight’s diplomatic editor Mark Urban reports and Faisal Islam is joined by Ukraine's Ambasador to the UK Vadym Prystaiko.
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  • madcityy
    madcityy  +709

    I, for one, sincerely hope that we don't end up in any conflict here. War is a terrible, terrible thing(from personal experience). This pandemic is enough already.

  • Діма Палагнюк

    This is an important step from the UK which is indeed very appreciated by Ukrainians. I also love how the British were berated by the EU for abondoning this common project and the European values, while the UK is virtually the only country willing to stand up to human rights abuses and an autocratic military intervention inside Europe.

  • Avfb
    Avfb  +687

    As a 5 star general in Sid Meier Civilization 6; when your neighbor amasses an army at your border an invasion is coming.

  • Nizar Al-Mutawa

    One thing I'd like to acknowledge is how honest the Ukrainian ambassador is; very admirable!!

  • Piwykk
    Piwykk  +100

    I would like to express my gratitude from all over Ukraine to the people of Great Britain for their military assistance to Ukraine in the fight against Russian aggressors! Long live the Queen!

  • Miguel Cervantes Páez

    "We don't want to fight. We don't want to die. But we'll do it."

  • andrewUA
    andrewUA  +333

    As Ukrainian, thank you our british friends! Your help is going to save lives of our defenders. Unlike Germany you really stand by our side and we are so grateful for that!

  • Bogdan Oleksyshyn

    Thank you UK for your support 🇬🇧🇺🇦❤️

  • Holger Engelmann

    Very well done done UK! We (EU) seem to have learned nothing from the the Bosnia war; it is nuts to deny a party under attack the means to defend themselves. I as German am embarassed with my government cancelling a deal of (dangerous aggressive) anti-drohne weapons for Ukraine.

  • Captain Sidewinder

    Painful to see how we literally piss money down the drain fighting with each other

  • Nicolas Iden

    We thank a lot from Ukraine the British support 🇺🇦❤️🇬🇧 God bless the Queen and British people!

  • ajmetz82
    ajmetz82  +343

    Interviewer: Are you concerned about the price of gas? Interviewee: More worried about the looming spectre of World War 3.

  • Ян Дацюк

    Let me thank you from 🇺🇦 to all civilised world who help us to protect our freedom and peace. ✌

  • Andrew
    Andrew  +12

    God Save the Queen!

  • stimerstimer

    Thank you Britain People we love you from Ukraine.

  • Chris
    Chris  +100

    Really sorry for Ukraine that it has to go through this on its own when this has been going on for so long and we've had so much warning. Where does the EU think Russia will stop? It won't as long as we don't give it a very serious reason to do so.

  • Souless Deeds

    The thing about what we might see is that we are about to see for the first time in many years two modern military's going head to head. As a US veteran of Iraq. The Iraqi army during Saddam had some weapons that were a threat. But they didn't have the technology to deal with our air power. So they were completely wiped off the map. Later when I was deployed we had to deal with the insurgents who fought similar to what we saw during the War in Afghanistan when Russia invaded there. We never engaged a real military but instead dealt with hit and run tactics constantly. But this is completely different. Ukraine is a small country and their military is tiny compared to Russia's. But they do at least have a real military and soldiers. And "some" modern weapon systems. The question is how long can they hold out before the EU decides to deploy troops and hardware to support the Ukrainians. Part of this I think is Russia see's Ukraine as a great place to test their new military toys against a foe who can actually put up some resistance. This sounds insane but when you look at how Russia is building up its military and modernizing. And pushing back against the EU NATO and the US. And making friendly with China who is also having similar diplomatic issues with the same powers mentioned above. Ukraine being a weapons testing ground for Russia makes more sense for their future plans and weapons development. Its similar to how the US used Iraq and Afghanistan as a testing ground for their weapons platforms and systems.

  • M B
    M B  +495

    West to Ukraine: get rid of your nukes, we will protect you.

  • Johnny morris

    Well let's be realistic, Russia could cut Europe off from its gas supplies and that would damage European business very badly, the UK are in a better position when it comes to energy. The Europeans need to get the act together and accelerate renewables or perhaps Nuclear. The fact remains Europe is vulnerable and Putin Knows it.