Ukraine war: Britain's defence secretary declines to say if UK has sent over deadly Stormer armoured missile vehicles to Ukraine

BRITAIN’S defence secretary has refused to say if he has sent lethal Stormer armoured anti-aircraft vehicles from Thorney Island to Ukraine.

By Tom Cotterill
Sunday, 24th April 2022, 11:00 am
Updated Sunday, 24th April 2022, 3:46 pm

Ben Wallace declined to confirm whether the powerful tech has been sent to Ukraine, but said the UK will ‘continue to give them the air defence they need’.

Mr Wallace’s comments came as he said all countries could ‘do more’ when it comes to providing support to Ukraine.

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The Stormer anti-air vehicle pictured firing a Starstreak missile

The UK minister was speaking during a visit to The Hague for the Invictus Games, the event founded by the Duke of Sussex to aid the rehabilitation of injured and sick military personnel and veterans.

Asked if countries such as Germany could be doing more for Ukraine, he told the PA news agency: ‘We all could do more.

‘The Ukrainians need, first and foremost, they need long-range artillery and artillery shells.

‘They use currently Russian Soviet stocks and the calibres are different from what the West holds, so not only are we trying to help them source those calibres so that they can immediately be used, but at the same time helping them explore developing new capabilities with what would be called Nato calibres so that if they choose to shift to that we can all help them with supply.’

Earlier this week, it emerged the UK is to send armoured anti-aircraft vehicles to the Ukrainian military as they prepared for a Russian onslaught.

The Stormer vehicle launches Starstreak anti-aircraft missiles which can be used to target planes and helicopters.

It comes after Britain invited Ukrainian generals to Salisbury Plain earlier this month to see the military kit which could be available to them, including armoured vehicles.

Mr Wallace declined to confirm that those vehicles had been sent.

‘I’m not going to comment on the operational details. I think to do so would put people at risk,’ he said.

‘We’ll continue to engage with Ukrainians on a daily basis. I spoke to my counterpart only yesterday.

‘They share with us their requirements in military equipment and, where we can, we either meet them from our own stocks and if we can’t we work with third countries to try and encourage them to do it, or indeed give reassurance to countries that might donate it so that we can help with their security.’

Pressed on whether the Stormer vehicles are being sent, or have been sent already, Mr Wallace said: ‘I’ll be making a statement to Parliament next week, but we have said we are going to commit to deliver some armoured vehicles.

‘We’ve also publicly talked about delivering high velocity anti-air missiles,’ he said, adding that they go on an armoured vehicle.

‘We will continue to give them the air defence they need.’