Visit of Boris Johnson, Ursula von der Leyen, Josep Borrell to Kyiv.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrived in Kyiv on an unannounced visit. He held talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and promised to send Kiev an additional 120 armored vehicles and new anti-ship missile systems.

Andriy Sibiga, deputy head of the office of the President of Ukraine, wrote on his Facebook that Johnson’s visit began with talks with Zelensky, which were held in a one-on-one format. “Great Britain is the leader in defense support for Ukraine. The leader in the anti-war coalition. The leader in sanctions against the Russian aggressor,” writes Sibiga.

On Friday, Johnson announced he would send £100m in additional military aid to Ukraine in response to the shelling of the Kramatorka train station that killed 52 people who were about to evacuate the city. Among other things, the supply of weapons will include anti-tank and anti-aircraft missile systems, as well as kamikaze drones.

It is said on Downing Street that the British prime minister is meeting personally with Zelensky “to show his solidarity with the people of Ukraine.” The leaders “will discuss long-term British support for Ukraine, and the Prime Minister will announce a new package of financial and military assistance,” Johnson’s office added.

Having met with Zelensky, the British prime minister noted that “Ukraine, contrary to all expectations, pushed back Russian troops from Kyiv and accomplished the greatest military feat of the 21st century.” “Thanks to President Zelensky’s confident leadership and the irresistible heroism and courage of the Ukrainian people, Putin’s monstrous plans are now being thwarted,” Johnson said.

The day before, a group of European Union leaders also visited Kyiv, the delegation included European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell and Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Geger. Among other things, they visited the city of Bucha, not far from the Ukrainian capital, where, after the retreat of Russian troops, evidence of mass executions of civilians was found.

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