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The Embassy of Ukraine in the United Kingdom has been in charge of revealing a surprise trip that, due to security measures, has been kept in the utmost secrecy. A photograph of the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the Ukrainian President, Volodímir Zelenski, in what appears to be an official room of the presidential building in kyiv, has revealed the meeting of both this Saturday in the capital of the country invaded by Russia.
Johnson has maintained almost daily communication with Zelensky, and has been one of the European leaders who has most promoted the shipment of defensive weapons to Ukraine. The British prime minister had just announced, a few hours before his arrival in kyiv, an increase of almost 120 million euros more in the shipment of war material, after learning about and strongly condemning the Russian attack on Friday at the Kramatorsk train station , which left behind more than fifty dead.
Downing Street sources have defined this visit as “a show of solidarity with the people of Ukraine.” A British government spokesman reported that the two leaders were going to discuss “the United Kingdom’s long-term support for Ukraine”, and that Johnson would specify to Zelenski the details of “a new package of military and financial aid”.
Johnson arrived in kyiv this Saturday by train one day after the visit of Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, and Josep Borrell, the EU’s high representative for Foreign Policy, who were also able to meet with the Ukrainian president. At the end of the meeting, the British Prime Minister tweeted: “Today I met with my friend President Zelensky in kyiv to show our unwavering support for the people of Ukraine.”
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The British president has announced a new contribution of military aid consisting of 120 armored vehicles and an anti-frigate missile system, to support Ukraine in this crucial phase while the illegal Russian attack continues. This contribution is added to the military material worth 120 million that Johnson had already announced and that includes a new consignment of Startreak anti-aircraft missiles, another 800 anti-tank missiles, and a batch of high-precision ammunition.
Johnson has also announced new financial support for the Government of Ukraine, which will consist of a new loan of 500 million dollars (460 million euros) through the World Bank. The British Prime Minister wanted to praise the figure of Zelensky, of whom he said that “his resolute leadership, his invincible heroism and the courage of the Ukrainian people have succeeded in frustrating Putin’s monstrous goals”.
Today I met my friend President @ZelenskyyUa in Kyiv as a show of our unwavering support for the people of Ukraine.
We’re setting out a new package of financial & military aid which is a testament of our commitment to his country’s struggle against Russia’s barbaric campaign. pic.twitter.com/KNY0Nm6NQ3
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) April 9, 2022
Andrii Sibiha, the deputy chief of staff of the Ukrainian president, has assured on his Facebook page that “the United Kingdom is the leader in defensive support for Ukraine. The leader of the anti-war coalition. And the leader of the sanctions against the Russian aggressor”.
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