Rishi Sunak rules out fighter jets for Ukraine as war could stretch into 2024

PM fears ‘prolonged stalemate’ will benefit Russia – but rules out sending jets as ‘not practical’

Adam Forrest
Political Correspondent
Tuesday 31 January 2023 15:55 GMT
<p>Rishi Sunak shaking hands with Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky</p>

Rishi Sunak shaking hands with Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky

Rishi Sunak believes it is “not practical” to send British fighter jets to Ukraine, despite being keen to boost support to Kyiv to avoid a lengthy stalemate in the country’s war with Russian invaders.

The Ukraine conflict is likely to grind on throughout 2023, western defence officials warned on Tuesday, even if both sides make territorial gains at different times.

The prime minister told his cabinet a “prolonged stalemate” in the war in Ukraine “would only benefit Russia” and its president Vladimir Putin, according to No 10.

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