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 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, 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 spokesman for the British Government has assured that “both leaders will discuss the long-term support of the United Kingdom to Ukraine, and the prime minister will propose a new package of military and financial aid”.
Johnson has arrived in kyiv one day after the visit of Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, and Josep Borrell, the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy, who were also able to meet with Zelensky.
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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