Japan to send anti-chemical materials to Ukraine

Japan will send gas masks, hazmat suits and drones to Ukraine to help defend the country against Russian invasion amid growing concern over the use of chemical weapons by the Russian army.

Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said on Tuesday that Japan was sending the anti-chemical equipment at the request of the Ukrainian government.

Japan last month supplied body armor, helmets and other non-lethal weaponry equipment to Ukraine as an exception to Tokyo’s ban on arms exports to countries. in conflict, claiming that Ukraine was invaded. The shipment raised controversy in Japan, whose pacifist constitution renounces war.

“Uniting with the international community and acting firmly against the Russian invasion, which violates international law, is also extremely important from the perspective of our own national security,” Kishi said.

The government has revised its operational directive on the transfer of arms to allow the supply of non-lethal equipment to Ukraine and says the new rule covers gas masks and protective equipment. Japan also sends commercially available drones that are not considered weapon equipment.

Meanwhile, Britain will soon send armored missile launchers to Ukraine after Russia launched its full-scale offensive to take control of the country’s east.

Britain will soon send armored missile launchers to Ukraine after Russia launched its full-scale offensive to take control of the east of the country (PA)

The Ministry of Defense demonstrated the Stormer High Velocity Missile (HVM) launcher for Ukrainians on Salisbury Plain two weeks ago, according to The Sun, with the newspaper adding that the 13-tonne vehicles can be carried to war on C-17 transport planes in days.

The Stormer is made by BAE Systems, only needs three people to operate it, and uses Starstreak missiles, which can be used to shoot down low-flying aircraft.

It comes as Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy said a ‘significant part of the entire Russian military’ was focused on an eastern offensive in the predominantly Russian-speaking Donbass, where Moscow-backed separatists have declared two independent republics which have been recognized by Russia. .

Mr Zelenskyy has pleaded for Western powers to give him more firepower to fight back, with Boris Johnson saying on April 7 that he was “certainly looking at what additional military aid we can provide” amid reports that the UK United could send armored vehicles.

On the same day, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said the UK was ‘stepping up’ arms supplies, as she joined her NATO counterparts in Brussels to hear Ukraine’s demands for more of equipment.

Boris Johnson had said he was considering what additional military aid the UK could provide to Ukraine (Ukrainian Government/AP)

US President Joe Biden on Wednesday approved $800 million in military aid to Ukraine, including artillery and helicopters, to bolster its defenses against the expected Russian offensive in the east of the country.

Mr Johnson spoke to Mr Zelenskyy on Saturday afternoon. A Downing Street spokesperson said: “The Prime Minister paid tribute to the bravery of the Ukrainian forces who continue to valiantly defend their country’s freedom.”

Russia shelled the western city of Lviv on Monday, where at least seven people were killed, and numerous other targets across Ukraine in what appeared to be an intensified attempt to reduce the country’s defences.