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Zelenskyy Sends His Rival to London, U.K. Promises More Drones in Return

March 8, 2024 (EIRNS)—The U.K.-Ukraine relationship is getting ever tighter. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced yesterday that he has approved the appointment of Valery Zaluzhny, his former military commander in chief, as Ukraine’s new Ambassador to London. “Our alliance with Britain should only strengthen,” Zelenskyy said. (The appointment may also be a way of getting Zaluzhny out of the country for Zelenskyy’s own political reasons.)

At the same time, U.K. Defense Secretary Grant Shapps was in Kiev where he announced a boost in funding for the British plan, announced in February, to supply thousands of drones to the Kiev regime from £200 million to £325 million. The plan is supposed to deliver over 10,000 “uncrewed platforms”—the majority of which are first-person view (FPV) drones—1,000 one-way attack drones which have been researched and developed in the U.K., as well as surveillance and maritime drones, according to a statement released by the U.K. Ministry of Defense yesterday.

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