The Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has arrived in Kyiv to meet with the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to discuss the latest developments of the war.
Sunak has confirmed that the UK will will bolster air-defences to “protect Ukrainian civilians and critical national infrastructure from an intense barrage of Russian strikes.”
The new £50 million defence package comes after Ukraine received more than 1,000 new anti-aircraft missiles.
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Sunak said, “I am proud of how the UK stood with Ukraine from the very beginning and I am here today to say the UK and our allies will continue to stand with Ukraine, as it fights to end this barbarous war and deliver a just peace.
“While Ukraine’s armed forces succeed in pushing back Russian forces on the ground, civilians are being brutally bombarded from the air.
“It is deeply humbling to be in Kyiv today and to have the opportunity to meet those who are doing so much, and paying so high a price, to defend the principles of sovereignty and democracy.”
Britain knows what it means to fight for freedom.
We are with you all the way @ZelenskyyUa 🇺🇦🇬🇧
Британія знає, що означає боротися за свободу.
— Rishi Sunak (@RishiSunak) November 19, 2022
In a post of Telegram, Zelenskyy said, “Since the first days of the war, Ukraine and the UK have been the strongest of allies.
“During today’s meeting, we discussed the most important issues both for our countries and for global security.
“Together we are stronger and we will achieve the desired results.”
Downing Street confirmed Sunak’s visit, and a spokesperson said, “The prime minister is in Ukraine today for his first visit to Kyiv to meet President Zelensky and confirm continued UK support.”