Ukraine: Boris Johnson travels to Kyiv for Zelensky talks

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has held talks in Kyiv with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, Downing Street has said

Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Boris Johnson. Photo: Republic World

No 10 said the visit was a “show of solidarity” with the Ukrainian people.

A spokesman said Mr. Johnson was using the trip to set out a new package of financial and military aid.

It comes the day after the UK announced £100m of weapons for Ukraine after the bombing of refugees at a railway station.


The spokesman said: “The prime minister has traveled to Ukraine to meet President Zelensky in person, in a show of solidarity with the Ukrainian people,” he said.

“They will discuss the UK’s long-term support to Ukraine and the PM will set out a new package of financial and military aid.”

A photograph of the meeting was posted online by the Ukrainian embassy in London.

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In a Facebook post, Andriy Sybiha, deputy head of the Ukrainian president’s office said: “The UK is the leader in defense support for Ukraine. The leader in the anti-war coalition. The leader in sanctions against the Russian aggressor.”

Mr. Johnson is the latest Western leader to travel to the Ukrainian capital for talks with the country’s president.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and the EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell both made visits on Friday, and Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer earlier on Saturday.

Speaking at a Downing Street press conference on Friday, Mr. Johnson warned Russia will not escape punishment after the attack at Kramatorsk station.


The prime minister said the UK will send additional military equipment including Starstreak anti-aircraft missiles and 800 anti-tank missiles.

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