Ukraine allocates $4 bn for defence ministry

2 May 2022, 11:47 am

A handout photo released by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Service shows British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (L) speaking after walking in central Kyiv, on April 9, 2022. - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid an unannounced visit to Kyiv on April 9, 2022 in a "show of solidarity" with Ukraine a day after a missile strike killed dozens at a railway station in the country's east. (Photo by Stringer / UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / the Ukrainian Presidential Press Service" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo by STRINGER/UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SER/AFP via Getty Images)

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Ukraine has appropriated billions of dollars to the defence ministry amid the ongoing conflict with Russia, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said Friday.

The Ukrainian government has allocated 119 billion hryvnias (about $4 billion) for the ministry, Shmyhal was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency. We are trying to provide maximum support for our fighters.

The funds will be used to pay salaries to Ukrainian troops, and supply them with equipment, fuel, food, protective devices and weapons, Shmyhal said.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that he had discussed defensive support for Ukraine with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The two sides talked about the situation on the battlefield and the blocked city of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine, Zelensky said on Twitter, adding necessary diplomatic efforts to achieve peace was another topic of the conversation.