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LONDON (AP) – Britain will provide an additional 1.3 billion pounds ($ 1.6 billion) in military support to Ukraine to help the country defend itself against Russian forces, officials said on Sunday.

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson, US President Joe Biden and leaders of other G7 countries are expected to hold online talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday to discuss further support.

The meeting is partly intended to demonstrate the unity between the Western Allies on Victory Day in Europe, which marks the surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945.

Funding coming from the British government’s reserves includes £ 300 million in military kits promised by Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier this week, such as radar systems to target Russian artillery, GPS jamming equipment and night vision devices.

The UK government has said this is the highest level of UK military spending on the conflict with Iraq and Afghanistan.

Officials said Johnson would meet with British arms companies later this month to discuss increasing production in response to demand created by the conflict in Ukraine.

Johnson said UK aid to Ukraine would also help boost the UK’s defense economy.

Britain has already provided about 1.5 billion pounds for Ukraine, including humanitarian aid and loan guarantees.

Also Sunday, the Croatian prime minister visited Ukraine after reports that a Croatian citizen fighting in Mariupol had been captured by Russian forces.

A statement from the Croatian government said that Andrei Plenkovich’s visit had become an “expression of solidarity and support” with the Ukrainian leadership and people.

“Croatia knows that this is under military aggression, and it continues to provide political, diplomatic, financial, humanitarian, technical and any other possible assistance to Ukraine,” the statement said.

Plenkovich met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and other officials. The delegation included the Croatian ambassador to Ukraine, who will remain at the embassy in Kyiv.

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