London (AFP), April 8 – Britain is sending more Starstreak anti-aircraft missiles and 800 anti-tank missiles to Ukraine after an “unacceptable” attack on a train station, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday.
The “high quality military equipment” is worth £100m ($130m, €120m), Johnson said, with Britain’s anti-tank missiles seen as particularly potent against Russian forces.
The Kramatorsk attack “shows how far (Vladimir) Putin’s army has sunk”, he told reporters alongside German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who called the Russian strike “atrocious”.
Fifty people were killed at the station, including five children, Ukrainian officials said as the toll rose in one of the deadliest strikes in the six-week war.
Scholz also defended Germany against criticism that it is dragging its feet on ending Russian energy imports under Western sanctions over Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
“We are doing everything we can and we are doing a lot,” the Chancellor said, pointing to Germany’s long-term diversification into alternative energy and other natural gas suppliers.
After talks with Scholz in Downing Street, Johnson said Britain and Germany would work together on renewable technologies.
“We cannot transform our energy systems overnight, but we also know that Putin’s war will not end overnight,” the prime minister said.
The British and German leaders met as European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell visited Ukraine.
Von der Leyen visited a mass grave in Bucha, a town outside kyiv where Russian forces are accused by Ukraine of massacring civilians.
Asked if he also intended to visit Kyiv, Johnson said “we are trying to help people coming from Ukraine”, pointing to German and British efforts to shelter refugees fleeing the war.