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British and American weapons are lastly reaching the frontline in Ukraine, the Deputy Foreign Secretary has revealed.

Andrew Mitchell stated the important assist will likely be used within the “defining struggle of our generation”.

Vladimir Putin’s forces have launched a second assault on the town of Kharkiv, and have taken “a dozen villages” within the area over the previous few days.

Russia’s offensive within the Kharkiv area is forcing Kyiv to ship in reinforcements from different areas on the frontline.

But that’s proving troublesome for a Ukrainian army already stretched throughout a greater than 600-mile frontline the place a better-equipped and manned Russia are advancing in a number of instructions.

And Mr Mitchell informed the House of Commons: “In the last few months, Russia has been eking out small territorial gains in the Donbas, now the Kremlin is probing Ukrainian defences north of Kharkiv.

“They are unlikely to take Ukraine’s second-largest metropolis any time quickly, however in latest days they’ve taken a dozen villages, so we’re at a troublesome second which underlines the important significance of accelerating the supply of important army assist to Ukraine.”

Mr Mitchell confirmed UK, European and US military aid “is now arriving on the entrance” and added the Russian Government faces high costs, with “hundreds of conscripts having their lives tossed away for the sake of solely modest tactical benefits”.

He added: “No one right here in Britain or certainly within the wider world must be in any doubt, it’s vital not only for Ukraine, whose willpower to combat for his or her freedom is undimmed, however for us in Britain and past: that is the defining battle of our technology.

“At stake in Ukraine are vital principles, these are not just words found in the UN Charter, a charter signed by Russia but which she now flagrantly breaks and dishonours, they are essential foundations for the security and prosperity of the entire world – sovereignty, territorial integrity, right not ‘mights’.”

And Mr Mitchell warned the prices of a Russian victory in Ukraine would dwarf the monetary assist at the moment being given to Ukraine, Mr Mitchell stated.

He informed the Commons: “We need to invest in Ukraine’s future security and prosperity. Not only by backing them in the war but backing them after it.

“Our friendship with Ukraine isn’t solely enduring, it’s rising stronger. We will stand with Ukraine’s individuals till they prevail within the struggle and we’re assured that they are going to get pleasure from a future that’s safe, affluent and free.

“Ukraine’s cause is just. It matters to Britain, the consequences of Ukraine failing are unconscionable. Our friends and enemies alike are watching to see if we have the necessary resolve to see this through to the end, let no one believe that if Putin succeeded in his illegal invasion and concurred Ukraine he would stop there.

“Emboldened by victory, the failure of the West, of Europe, American and our nation would outline our generations lack of ability to ship the collective safety we have now championed constantly since 1945.

“The cost to us all of this failure would be many, many times the financial costs we are baring today in delivering necessary military support.”