Russia and Ukraine: British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announces new defense aid package during visit to Kyiv

Russia and Ukraine: British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announces new defense aid package during visit to Kyiv
Russia and Ukraine: British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announces new defense aid package during visit to Kyiv

Russia and Ukraine: British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announces new defense aid package during visit to Kyiv

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British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said he was “grateful” to be in Ukraine

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has pledged £50m in defense aid to Ukraine as he meets President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on his first visit to Kyiv since taking office as prime minister.

The British Prime Minister’s office said the meeting was held to demonstrate “continued British support” for Ukraine.

“We discussed the most important issues both for our countries and for global security,” Mr. Zelensky wrote on Telegram after the meeting. “We are stronger and we will get the results we want,” he added.

Sunak, who took office last month, said he was “very grateful” to be in Kyiv and vowed his country would continue to stand by Ukrainians in their struggle.

During the meeting with Mr Zelensky, Sunak said Britain would deploy a major new package of air defense weapons to protect Ukrainian civilians and the country’s national infrastructure from Russian attacks.

Ukraine has turned to Western countries for help in recent months amid increased Russian airstrikes on Kyiv and across the country.

The $50 million defense aid package

This follows more than 1,000 new anti-aircraft missiles announced by UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace earlier this month.

Earlier this week, Russia hit Ukraine with rocket fire days after its forces were forced to withdraw from the city of Kherson.

Kyiv was hit by these rockets and attacks were carried out across the country, from Lviv in the west to Chernihiv in the north.

That attack coincided with the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, where Zelenskyy, speaking over a video conference, said he was “now convinced that the time has come to stop Russia’s devastating war, and that it has become possible.” is”.

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Sunak’s arrival in Kyiv was accompanied by the announcement of a £50million defense aid package

Mr Sunak also announced that the UK would also increase training opportunities for Ukraine’s armed forces, sending experienced military doctors and engineers to the region to provide specialist support.

During his stay in Kyiv, the British Prime Minister laid flowers at a memorial to the war dead and lit a candle at a memorial to victims of the Holodomor famine before meeting rescue workers at a fire station.

Sunak also inspected Iranian-made drones that have been used to target and bomb Ukrainian civilians in recent months.

Mr Sunak said: “I am proud of how Britain has stood by Ukraine from the start. I am here today to say that our country and our allies will continue to stand with Ukraine as it strives to end this barbaric war and achieve a just peace.”

“While Ukrainian forces manage to push back Russian forces on the ground, civilians are being brutally bombed from the air. Today we are introducing new air defenses, including anti-aircraft guns, radar and anti-drone equipment, and increased humanitarian support for the harsh cold winter,” he added.


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