London: Britain Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised that the country would provide $100 million in aid to Ukraine through World Bank to keep the wheel of government rolling and mitigate financial pressures caused by the Russian invasion of the country.
Britain has taken a central role against the invasion of Ukraine, taking firm ground, providing military aid and supporting a strict set of sanctions on the Kremlin by the international actors.
Nonetheless, Johnson’s government has faced serious backlash from media personnel and human rights activist that its sanctions have been too slow and its refugee programme underwhelming.
The latest round of cash, which is in addition to $290.95 million (220 million pounds) pledged already, could be used to pay public-sector workers in Ukraine or fund pension and social security payments, British authorities said.
“While only Putin can fully end the suffering in Ukraine, today’s new funding will continue to help those facing the deteriorating humanitarian situation,” Johnson added.
The money will be disbursed through the World Bank Multi-Donor Trust Fund, which is designed to fast-track donations to Ukraine and is already used by some other nations.
The funding announcement comes ahead of visits to London by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Netherlands leader Mark Rutte, which Johnson will seek to use to strengthen the international response to the invasion.
The three leaders will hold a news conference on Monday.