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President Zelensky receives visit from Rishi Sunak in Kiev

President Zelensky receives visit from Rishi Sunak in Kiev

President Zelensky receives visit from Rishi Sunak in Kiev

President Zelensky receives visit from Rishi Sunak in Kiev

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  • UK will offer significant new air defence package to assist shield Ukrainian civilians and infrastructure from Russian attacks, he said.
  • Mr Sunak paid his respects at war memorials and memorials for those who perished in Holodomor famine.
  • He said the UK and its allies will continue to stand with Ukraine as it fights to end this “barbarous war”.
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On his first trip to Kyiv after becoming prime minister, Rishi Sunak had a meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine.

According to a No. 10 spokeswoman, the purpose of the meeting was to “affirm continuing UK support” for Ukraine.

“We discussed the most important issues both for our countries and for global security,” Mr Zelensky wrote on Telegram following the meeting.

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“We are stronger and we will achieve the desired results,” he added.

Mr. Sunak, who assumed his position last month, described his visit to Kyiv as “very humbling” and promised that the UK would continue to support Ukrainians in their struggle.

He promised to offer a significant new air defence package to assist shield Ukrainian civilians and the nation’s infrastructure against Russian attacks during the discussion with Mr. Zelensky.

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As a result of frequent Russian aircraft raids on Kyiv and other parts of the country, Ukraine has recently asked for assistance from Western countries.

125 anti-aircraft guns, technologies to combat lethal drones supplied by Iran, several radars, and anti-drone electronic warfare capacity are included in the £50 million defence aid package.

It follows the announcement of more than 1,000 additional anti-air missiles made earlier this month by UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace.

Earlier that week, only days after being ordered to evacuate its forces from Kherson, Russia launched one of its heaviest missile barrages against Ukraine.

Strikes occurred all over the nation, from Chernihiv in the north to Lviv in the west, including in Kyiv.

In a virtual statement at the G20 summit in Bali, Mr. Zelensky stated that he was “convinced now is the time when the Russian destructive war must and can be stopped.” That attack took place at the same time.

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By sending skilled army physicians and engineers to the area to provide specialised support, Mr. Sunak indicated that the UK will also boost the training offer to the Ukrainian armed forces.

The British prime minister visited Kyiv and paid his respects at a war memorial and a memorial for those who perished in the Holodomor famine. He then spoke with first responders at a fire station. Mr. Sunak also observed drones of Iranian manufacture that had recently been used to attack and bomb civilians in Ukraine.

“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,” Mr Sunak said.

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“While Ukraine’s armed forces succeed in pushing back Russian forces on the ground, civilians are being brutally bombarded from the air. We are today providing new air defense, including anti-aircraft guns, radar and anti-drone equipment, and stepping up humanitarian support for the cold, hard winter ahead,” he added.

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