Boris makes another surprise visit to Kyiv – on Ukraine’s independence day – as PM tells Volodymyr Zelensky he ‘can and will win’ war with Russia
The Prime Minister travelled to the Ukrainian capital on the country’s independence day, which marks 31 years since Ukraine’s independence from Soviet rule.
Mr Johnson used the trip – his third to Kyiv since the start of Russia’s barbaric invasion in late February – to announce a new £54million package of British military support.
He also held talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as the country prepares to enter winter still in conflict with Russia.
The PM, in his final visit to Ukraine before he leaves Downing Street, was today bestowed with Ukraine’s ‘Order of Liberty’ – the country’s highest award for foreign nationals.
Mr Johnson said: ‘For the past six months, the United Kingdom has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Ukraine, supporting this sovereign country to defend itself from this barbaric and illegal invader.
‘Today’s package of support will give the brave and resilient Ukrainian Armed Forces another boost in capability, allowing them to continue to push back Russian forces and fight for their freedom.
‘What happens in Ukraine matters to us all, which is why I am here today to deliver the message that the United Kingdom is with you and will be with you for the days and months ahead, and you can and will win.’
Boris Johnson posted a picture of himself meeting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv today
The PM’s visit was his third to the Ukrainian capital since the start of Russia’s barbaric invasion in late February
As part of the new package of UK support, Ukraine will be supplied with 2,000 state-of-the-art drones and anti-tank loitering munitions to help Ukrainian forces better fight against Russian invaders.
Downing Street hopes this will bolster Ukraine’s long-range surveillance and defensive targeting ability.
The package includes 850 hand-launched ‘Black Hornet’ micro-drones, which are specifically designed for use in towns and villages and are used to detect approaching enemy forces.
Each drone is smaller than a mobile phone and feeds back live video and still images to allow forces on the ground to defend urban areas safely.
Troops can be trained to fly the drones in under 20 minutes.