Liz Truss pledges to give Ukraine another £2.3bn in 2023

IZIUM, KHARKIV, UKRAINE - SEPTEMBER 14: A Ukrainian soldier stands guard in front of the damaged building on Izium streets after the withdrawal of Russian forces, during the Russo-Ukrainian War in Izium, Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine, on September 14, 2022 is continued. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Truss will also beg world leaders to end their reliance on Russian fuel (Image: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Britain will give Ukraine £2.3 billion in military aid in 2023 – equal to this year’s contribution – to help it end Vladimir Putin’s brutal invasion.

Prime Minister Liz Truss made the pledge while flying to the UN General Assembly in New York.

It was hours before Vladimir Putin warned that he was not bluffing about his willingness to use nuclear weapons against the West.

In his biggest televised address since sending troops to invade Ukraine, the Russian leader announced a partial military mobilization.

More than 1,300 protesters were arrested after it was confirmed that around 300,000 army reservists would be ordered to fight in Ukraine.

Ms Truss is calling on world leaders to end their reliance on Russian fuel.

“By turning off the Nord Stream gas pipeline, Putin exposed millions of people in Europe to a colder and more difficult winter,” she said before leaving for the US.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 20: British Prime Minister Liz Truss (C) meets Ukrainian First Lady, Olena Zelenska (R) and French First Lady, Brigitte Macron (L) at the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York City, where they viewed an exhibit illustrating the atrocities that took place in New York City, Ukraine, on September 20, 2022. The prime minister is visiting New York for the general debate at the UN General Assembly, where she will address the assembly on Wednesday. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau-WPA Pool/Getty Images) 11234277

For Truss, Kiev’s recent victories “have defied the doubters and shown what they can do when given the military, economic and political support they need” (Image: Stefan Rousseau-WPA Pool/Getty Images).

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Truss praised Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky and First Lady Olena Zelenska and vowed that “Britain will stand by you every step of the way” (Image: STR/Ukrainian Presidential Press-ser/AFP via Getty Images).

“Too many lives are being manipulated by dependence on Russian energy. We have to end this once and for all.’

She added that Kiev’s recent victories “defeated the doubters and showed what they can do when given the military, economic and political support they need.”

Praising Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky and First Lady Olena Zelenska, she added: “The UK will stand behind you every step of the way. Your safety is our safety.”

General Sir Richard Shirreff, former NATO deputy commander in chief in Europe, praised the pledge but urged allies to significantly increase defense spending.

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