UK orders audit of Ukraine aid – BBC

British PM Rishi Sunak has ordered a review of military aid to Ukraine, alarming officials in London who take credit for supplying Kiev

UK orders audit of Ukraine aid – BBC

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has requested a “data-driven assessment” of the situation in Ukraine, a Whitehall source told BBC Newsnight on Friday, prompting fears that London might slow or stop the flow of supplies to Kiev.

“Goldman Sachs dashboard” examination of the conflict would look at how Ukraine has been using the military supplies provided by the UK. 

This is about looking at what we have put in, what we have got out,” the source said.

Wars aren't won [by dashboards]. Wars are won on instinct. At the start of this it was Boris [Johnson] sitting down and saying: 'Let's just go for this.' So Rishi needs to channel his inner Boris on foreign policy, though not of course on anything else,” the source added.

Ukrainian media.

“has been talking to Rishi. He is trying to inspire him, saying the UK are the great liberators, the great fighters. ‘We need you. Rise to that’,” the Whitehall source told the BBC.

British intelligence and “key figures in Whitehall” believe Russia has “effectively run out” of supplies. Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, the chief of the defense staff, told the Royal United Services Institute earlier this week that “Russia is losing” and that the “free world” has “real victory within our grasp.” 

told the Economist his army needed at least 300 tanks and 700 infantry armored vehicles – more than what the British Army is currently fielding, by way of example. Even as London and Washington continue to send convoys of weapons to Ukraine, ignoring Moscow’s warnings, they insist they are not parties to the conflict.

“We have stiffened the US resolve at all levels – pressure from us but always friendly,” the unnamed Whitehall official said. “We don’t want Rishi to reinforce Biden’s caution. We want him to push, in the way Boris did.”