Ukraine repeatedly requested to purchase weapons from Britain for seven years however was refused by three successive prime ministers, in line with studies.
The previous defence secretary Michael Fallon has accused successive governments of being reluctant to assist Kyiv within the aftermath of Vladimir Putin’s annexing of Crimea in 2014.
When serving beneath former prime minister David Cameron, Mr Fallon stated he was informed to show down requests for help in upgrading Ukraine’s defences regardless of the Ministry of Defence wanting “to do extra”.
“We had been stymied and we had been blocked in cupboard from sending the Ukrainians the arms they wanted,” Mr Fallon informed the Sunday Occasions.
“Some within the cupboard felt extraordinarily strongly that we must always do nothing to additional provoke Russia.
“I felt that was absurd. The Russians did not want any frightening. They had been already there, sending folks throughout the border.”
Liam Fox, one other defence secretary beneath Mr Cameron and who spoke out towards the failure to arm Ukraine as a backbench MP in 2015, stated: “It was very clear what [Putin’s] sample of behaviour was and it was very clear that Ukraine can be subsequent.
“There was no logic in anyway in saying, ‘Effectively, we are able to’t give the Ukrainians the power to defend themselves in case of frightening Putin’.”
The revelations come as Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky thanked Boris Johnson for presently coaching members of his navy on UK soil.
Mr Johnson spoke to Mr Zelensky on Saturday afternoon for an replace on Kyiv’s battle with Russia.
A No 10 spokesperson stated: “President Zelensky thanked the prime minister for the coaching of Ukrainian navy personnel presently going down within the UK.”
In a press convention in Kyiv on Saturday, Mr Zelensky declared that he was “happy” with the extent of navy supporting coming from the UK.
He informed reporters: “We wish greater than we’re being given, however we’re happy.
“We can not refuse or reject something through the warfare from the largest navy support, which is coming from america and the UK.
“There are a lot of different buddies in Europe, however I am speaking about volumes of assist and I am grateful for it.”
Russia has intensified preventing within the east as Saturday noticed a number of civilians killed in Mariupol and Kharkiv whereas remaining civilians and Ukrainian troops in Mariupol maintain out towards shelling on the Azovtal metal plant.
A authorities spokesman stated the UK has been on the forefront of the worldwide response to Mr Putin’s “particular navy operation” and has offered “unprecedented monetary, navy and diplomatic assist to Ukraine.