Nuovi aiuti britannici alla Ucraina

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Soldiers from 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment checks helmets and prepares them for packaging at MOD Donnington.British soldiers have taken up the challenge Ð to sort and pack 84,000 surplus helmets bound for the Ukrainian military in two weeks flat.Thirty members of the MidlandsÕ based Poachers from 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, have been hard at work for the last week and are now in the final push to pack up all the helmets by Friday.Working from morning until night, the Cottesmore based troops are currently ensconced in a huge stores warehouse at MOD Donnington in Shropshire, where the surplus supplies have been shipped from military stores from across the UK.The task includes physically stripping the helmets of any British Army webbing or identifying badges and packing them in crates each holding 100 of the life-saving pieces of head gear.Sergeant (Sgt) Church, a platoon Sgt from A Company, who is co-ordinating the mission on the ground to sort, pack and despatch the helmets on time, said: The lads are more than happy to help the cause Ð hopefully what we are doing will be going to help our military counterparts in Ukraine providing them with the vital protection they really need at the momentThe slick logistical operation saw the helmets collated and processed by Team Leidos staff employed under Defence Equipment and SupportÕs Logistics and Services Transformation (LCST) programme.The soldiers process up to 12,000 helmets a day packing the 100 helmets into giant cardboard boxes ready for Team Leidos to transport to Poland for onward distribution to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.Due to a lack of adequate protection for members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces during the war in Eastern Europe in 2014, hundreds of Mk7 helmets were purchased in the UK and used by the Ukrainian service personnel, together with earlier Mk6 and Mk6A helmets.The 2nd Royal Anglian troops, who are recruited from across the counties of the East of England and East Midlands including Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Rutland and Lincolnshire, are a Light Mechanised Infantry Battalion.They are currently the United Kingdom Standby Battalion (UKSB) ready to deploy at short notice to anywhere in the world they are needed.

Il Governo di Londra presieduto dal Premier Boris Johnson ha annunciato che fornirà all’Ucraina un nuovo pacchetto di aiuti militari del valore di 300 milioni di sterline, pari a 375 milioni di dollari.

Nel nuovo pacchetto saranno comprese, tra le altre, anche apparecchiature per la guerra elettronica ed un sistema radar per il tiro di controbatteria.

In precedenza il Regno Unito ha inviato all’Ucraina più di 5.000 missili anticarro NLAW e Javelin, missili antiaerei Starstreak ed altre munizioni ed esplosivi nonché materiali di protezione balistica individuale per permettere a Kiev di contrastare l’aggressione russa.

Peraltro, Londra si è impegnata con Kiev per l’invio di 35 APC FV103 Spartan, 30 CVR(T), veicoli Stormer per la difesa aerea (almeno 5), 120 mezzi blindati MRAP tra Mastiff 6×6, Wolfhound 6×6 ed Husky 4×4, missili multiruolo Brimstone, missili antinave e loitering munitions.

Oltre le apparecchiature per la guerra elettronica, nel nuovo pacchetto sono previsti dispositivi per la visione notturna, sistemi per il jamming della navigazione satellitare nonché droni per carichi pesanti per rifornire le truppe ucraine e 13 veicoli blindati Toyota Landcruiser 4×4 che serviranno per il trasporto dei funzionari governativi e dei fuggitivi nelle zone degli scontri. Questi veicoli 4×4 sono mezzi altamente specializzati, potenziati con blindature per resistere a proiettili ad alta velocità, mine antiuomo e ordigni esplosivi improvvisati o IED.

In precedenza altri 200 milioni di sterline sono stati donati dal Regno Unito all’Ucraina in assistenza sanitaria, cibo ed altro.

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