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Liz Truss urged to cut Ukrainian aid by readers –‘we CANNOT afford it’

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The UK should not continue to pay so much to support Ukraine’s fight against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion, a new poll of readers has found. Prime Minister Liz Truss promised to match the UK’s spending on military aid in Ukraine next year. Earlier this week she revealed plans to strengthen the UK’s long-term commitment to Ukraine by meeting or exceeding the £2.3billion spent last year.

On her first overseas trip since taking office, Ms Truss told the UN General Assembly in New York: “New UK weapons are arriving in Ukraine as I speak,”

She added: “At this crucial moment in the conflict, I pledge that we will sustain or increase our military support to Ukraine for as long as it takes.”

She also revealed that the UK was committed to spending three percent of GDP on defence by 2030 – higher than the two percent spending by NATO members.

In a poll that ran from 1pm on Tuesday, September 20, to 3pm on Friday, September 23, asked readers: “Should the UK continue to pay so much to support Ukraine?”

Overall, 1,521 people responded the vast majority, 94 percent (1,429 people), answering “no”, the UK should not continue to pay so much to Ukraine.

Whereas five percent (81 people) said “yes”, and a further one percent (11 people) said they did not know.

Dozens of comments were left below the accompanying article as readers shared their thoughts on sending more aid to support Ukraine.

Many readers argued that the money should be used to help Britons with the cost of living crisis. 

Username Dav65 said: “Time to significantly reduce the cost of support. UK citizens are suffering!”

Username Puppetonastring wrote: “It’s time to spend UK taxpayer’s money on the UK instead of handing out billions to Ukraine.”

Another, username Edel said: “Definitely NO, they should spend the money on low-income people and pensioners – we don’t know how to pay for our food electric and gas.” 

And username banshee said: “No – we CANNOT afford it!”

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However, other readers commented that we should continue to give money and military support to Ukraine.

Username Peter241 said: “Yes, we should support Ukraine fully.” 

Username Jon64 said: “Of course we should, and must, continue to support Ukraine.” 

While username Open&Free said: “We need to support Ukraine. We can’t start and stop.”

In recent weeks Ukrainian armed forces have managed to reclaim over 3,000 square kilometres of occupied territory in the east.

Ms Truss encouraged world leaders to not “let up” on dealing with Putin.

The UK is the second-largest military donor to Ukraine, after the US, and has already supplied hundreds of rockets, five air defence systems and 120 armoured vehicles.

The UK armed forces have trained 27,000 members of the Ukrainian armed forces since 2015.

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