The government is promising at least £2.3bn in military aid to Ukraine next year to help with the cost of living through the crisis, the culture secretary has said.

Michelle Donelan told Sky News that aid would help reduce fuel costs in the UK and said the government would explain how it would pay for the pledge.

Liz Truss, Prime Minister; The commitment was announced overnight on Monday in order to support the match of the next year Ukraine was provided this year.

He had gone to New York for the United Nations General Assembly, the first overseas trip of a prime minister.

The UK is Ukraine’s second largest military donor, committing £2.3bn this year to provide hundreds of rockets, air defense systems and other military equipment.

Ms Donelan told Kay Burley on Sky News: “We believe that it is very important that we stand up for democracy, that we continue to fight to protect Ukraine, that we stand up for the rest of the world. We need to end global dependence on Russia, which is one of the factors behind the increase in food.

“So this is actually going to help.” cost of living of people, not just in propaganda, but also throughout the world.

“And we hope other countries will see what we are doing and follow our example.

“We are describing exactly where that money is coming from.”

He said he did not want to “pre-purchase” exactly what Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng will announce in Friday’s “mini provisions”.

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UK to ‘double’ aid to Ukraine

Ms Donelan also rejected any suggestion that the cost-of-living crisis would force a re-think of Ukraine’s policy.

“We are not going to re-evaluate our aid to Ukraine, to double our aid to Ukraine.”

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James Murray, shadow treasury secretary, said it was “absolute that we can give all the support we can” to Ukraine and stop Mr Putin from “using energy as a weapon”.

But he asked whether the government had a concrete plan to support Ukraine.

“I think there is a need for such a strategy – in addition to the commitment of money and support – that there is a need for a long-term strategy,” he told Sky News.

“And that includes, of course, energy policy in the UK because Putin is using energy as a weapon.

“And we need to make sure that people here are protected through the winter and beyond, as energy prices increase.”

He added that the government needed to prioritize the British people during the “difficult months ahead”.

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