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UK's Rishi Sunak makes first visit to Kyiv

Update : 20 Nov 2022, 09:07

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak for the first time in the capital, Kyiv, on Saturday (November 19).

The surprise visit was announced in a video posted on Zelenskyy's Telegram channel. The footage showed the two leaders smiling and shaking hands before holding talks on Russia's invasion.

"Since the first days of the war, Ukraine and the UK have been the strongest of allies," Zelenskyy wrote.

"During today's meeting, we discussed the most important issues both for our countries and for global security."

Sunak later posted the same video on Twitter, writing that "Britain knows what it means to fight for freedom" and told Zelenskyy "we are with you all the way."

The British prime minister also announced a new air defense package for Ukraine, particularly to help boost protection against Iranian-supplied drones.

The latest batch of aid is set to include "anti-aircraft guns, radar and anti-drone equipment" as well as "humanitarian support for the cold, hard winter ahead," Sunak said in a statement.

The air-defense package, which Britain valued at 50 million pounds (€57.5 million or $60 million), comes on top of a delivery of more than 1,000 anti-air missiles that London announced earlier this month.

It was Sunak's first visit to Ukraine since taking office last month, following the short-lived premiership of his predecessor Liz Truss.


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