The UK is sending long-range missiles to Ukraine, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has confirmed.

The minister said that Storm Shadows missiles will be provided to Ukraine’s military.

Ukraine has long been calling for such weapons, but the US and other countries have been unwilling to supply them in case strikes inside Russia lead to escalation.

Storm Shadow is a long-range, air-launched cruise missile developed by British Aerospace and a French company, which carries a 450kg warhead to a range of up to 350 miles (560km). according to the RAF.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Wallace said: “The donation of these weapons systems gives Ukraine the best chance to defend themselves against Russia’s continued brutality, especially the deliberate targeting of Ukrainian civilian infrastructure, which is against international law.

“Ukraine has a right to be able to defend itself against this.”

He added that the missiles would be for use “within Ukrainian sovereign territory”.

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Missiles being launched into Russia would raise the likelihood of a greater Russian reaction.

In response to reports the deal had been done, Moscow said the move would require an “adequate response from our military”.

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