The UK is prepared to maintain its strong support for Ukraine in the face of the Russian invasion. This is how the new British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, wanted to stage it during his visit to kyiv this Saturday. During the meeting, it was announced that London is going to deliver 50 million pounds (about 57 million euros) that will be used to reinforce the military capabilities of local troops against the Russian invasion that began on February 24. This help will materialize in anti-aircraft defenses or in technology capable of counteracting the increasingly frequent attacks with drones, according to a statement made public by the British authorities.
In addition to the protection of airspace —one of Kiev’s main concerns—, the Ukrainian president has indicated that they also addressed issues such as the energy crisis in his country and Europe, as well as defense cooperation between both States, diplomatic relations bilateral and global security.
“Great Britain knows what it is to fight for freedom,” Sunak commented on his Twitter account along with a video with images of his meeting with the Ukrainian president. “Since the first days of the war, Ukraine and the United Kingdom have been powerful allies,” Zelensky said after the meeting through his Telegram profile. Both have then gone to Mikhailivska Square in the center of the capital, where for months something similar to an open-air war museum has been improvised with destroyed Russian tanks and tanks brought to the capital from the front.
Despite the warm welcome, Sunak cannot compete, at least for now, with the enormous popularity earned by one of his predecessors in office, Boris Johnson, whom Zelenski received in early April as one of the first world leaders in visit kyiv during the present invasion. Although far from the US, Johnson kept his country as the second largest arms donor for Ukraine, with some 3.8 billion euros.
The provision of greater air security is one of Ukraine’s biggest concerns in the face of the constant attacks launched almost daily by Russia. Since October, the main objective has been the country’s energy infrastructure, which has been damaged by 50%. That translates into more than 10 million people without electricity and supply cuts on a daily basis in a dozen regions, including kyiv.
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