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Britain is sending helicopters to Ukraine for the “first time” since the war began

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Three ex-British military Sea Kings will be made available, with the first already in Ukraine, reports PA. They are the first manned aircraft to be dispatched by the UK since the Russian president’s invasion began in February.

An additional 10,000 artillery shells will be sent to help Ukraine secure territory it has reclaimed from invading forces in recent weeks, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace also said.

The move comes after that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced a further £50m in defense aid during his visit to Kyiv over the weekend.

During a visit to Norway, Mr Wallace said: “Our support for Ukraine is unwavering. These additional artillery shells will help Ukraine secure the country it has retaken from Russia in recent weeks.”

The Royal Navy offered Ukrainian forces and engineers six-week training on Sea Kings in the UK, the Ministry of Defense said.

The new support follows a pledge to provide 1,000 surface-to-air missiles and 125 anti-aircraft guns.

Mr. Wallace is in Norway meeting with Confederate Defense Ministers on the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.

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