Boris Johnson makes his second surprise visit to Kyiv since the invasion of Russia began


Prime Minister Boris Johnson suddenly visited Kieu for a face-to-face meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. This is the second visit since the Russian invasion began in February.

On Friday afternoon, Johnson posted his photo on Twitter with Zelensky. President Volodymyr, it’s good to be in Kieu again. “

The message about Zelenskyy’s Telegram account says: I’m glad to see Boris Johnson, our country’s best friend, again in Kyiv. “

According to Downing Street, the Prime Minister told Zelensky that Britain was ready to launch a large-scale operation to train up to 120,000 Ukrainian troops every 120 days.

Number 10 said that if the offer was accepted by Ukraine, an international partner would be invited to host the program.

Johnson said in a statement: “My visit today in the midst of this war is to send a clear and simple message to the Ukrainian people.

“When Ukrainian soldiers launch British missiles to protect the sovereignty of your country, they do so to protect the very freedom we take for granted.

“That’s why I offered President Zelensky a major new military training program that could change the equation of this war, taking advantage of Ukraine’s determination to win its most powerful army.”

Johnson first visited Kyiv during the war in April as Russian President Vladimir Putin shifted the focus of the campaign to the eastern region of Donbus.

Johnson said: “Two months after my last visit, Ukraine’s grit, determination and resilience have become stronger than ever. I know that unbreakable determination lasts longer than Putin’s futile ambitions. . “

The visit was the day after France’s President Emmanuel Macron, Germany’s Prime Minister Olaf Scholz, and Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi, who had previously been criticized by Ukrainian officials for not providing sufficient support, visited Zelensky. It was done in.

The United Kingdom has become one of Ukraine’s most important allies in Ukraine’s resistance to Russia’s aggression, providing both advanced weapons and humanitarian aid.

According to the government, Britain was the first European country to send deadly aid to Ukraine, with more than £ 750 million ($ 924 million) including thousands of anti-tank missiles, air defense systems and armored vehicles. Sent military aid.

On May 7, the British government pledged £ 1.3 billion ($ 1.6 billion) of additional military assistance to Ukraine.

The UK recently announced that it would donate the M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) to the Ukrainian Army to help the Russian Army protect itself from Russian long-range artillery.

PA Media contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan

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