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The Prime Minister, who is due to visit Latvia on Monday, will confirm the £250m aid package for Kyiv as Ukrainain commanders warn the Kremlin is planning a fresh assault next year.

Downing Street says it will “ensure a constant flow of critical artillery ammunition to Ukraine throughout 2023.” 

And Mr Sunak will today call on members of the Joint Expeditionary Force – Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway – to maintain military support for Ukraine. 

The UK has already provided over 100,000 artillery rounds. 

The leaders will discuss future air defence contributions to Ukraine and are expected to bolster intelligence sharing.

They will also consider new ways to protect undersea cables and gas pipelines from possible Russian sabotage attacks and methods to protect countries from Russian cyber attacks.

Rishi Sunak pledges £250m in military aid for Ukraine to smash Russia

Rishi Sunak pledges £250m in military aid for Ukraine to smash Russia (Image: GETTY)

As part of that increased collaboration, they will also discuss support to Finland and Sweden ahead of their accession to NATO, and scaling up joint exercises to further strengthen the JEF alliance. 

After the meeting in Latvia, Mr Sunak will then fly to Estonia to meet UK and NATO troops serving on NATO’s eastern flank. 

Senior Ukrainian military figures have warned Vladimir Putin is desperately trying to slow the fighting down to allow his commanders time to reconstitute their forces for a fresh offensive in February or March next year. 

Major general Andriy Kovalchuk revealed he could “foresee” Russian forces trying to invade Ukraine from the north, east and the south.

Military chiefs are adamant that weapon supplies to Ukraine may prove decisive during the winter months ahead.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak visits President Zelenskyy in Ukraine

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak visits President Zelenskyy in Ukraine (Image: GETTY)

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said: “From the Arctic Circle to the Isle of Wight, the UK and our European allies have been in lockstep in our response to the invasion of Ukraine, and we remain steadfast in our ambition for peace in Europe once again. 

“But to achieve peace, we must deter aggression and our deployments across the region together are vital in ensuring we are able to respond to the gravest of threats. 

“I know this Joint Expeditionary Force summit will only underline our close friendships and unwavering support for Ukraine.” 

The Ukrainian military could try to reclaim parts of the southern Zaporizhzhia region and push toward the strategic port of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov.

That would allow Ukraine to cut Russia’s land corridor to Crimea, which it annexed in 2014. 

Mariupol fell to the Russians in May after a nearly three-month siege that left much of it in ruins.

The Ukrainian artillery and rocket systems have concentrated their strikes in Zaporizhzhia and the military has targeted Russia’s supply lines in the area like it did during a counteroffensive in the neighbouring Kherson region.

In Bakhmut, Ukrainian troops are preparing to hold the line using trench warfare tactics reminiscent of World War I.

And as the battle rages around a mile away, civilians have grown accustomed to their living nightmare.

With so many of the bridges destroyed, people are forced to walk along narrow pontoons. Others are sheltering in the hollowed remains of their homes. 

Some have taken the decision to leave as the Russian forces throw huge numbers of forces at the city in a bid to wear down Ukrainian forces.

The city has faced huge artillery barrages and trench warfare systems have been set up.

Russian military forces on Sunday shelled the centre of Kherson, the major city that Russian soldiers retreated from last month in one of Moscow’s biggest battlefield setbacks in Ukraine.

Three people were wounded in the attacks, said presidential deputy chief of staff Kyrylo Tymoshenko.

The southern city and its surrounding region have come under frequent attack since the Russian pullback. 

Regional governor Yaroslav Yanushevych said Sunday that Russia had carried out 54 attacks with rocket, mortar and tank fire over the previous day, killing three people and wounding six.

Meanwhile, in Russia, the governor of the Belgorod region, Vyacheslav Gladkov, said Sunday that one person was killed and eight wounded in Ukrainian shelling of the region, which lies along Ukraine’s northern border.

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