In surprise visit to Kyiv, Boris Johnson backs Zelenskyy

Story by  ATV | Posted by  sabir hussain | Date 10-04-2022
British PM Boris Johnson with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv (Photo:
British PM Boris Johnson with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv (Photo:



British Prime Minister Boris Johnson walked alongside the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on the street of Kyiv during a surprise visit to the war-hit country on Saturday.

In a two-minute video shared by the Ukrainian government, the two leaders were seen walking through the largely empty city guarded by heavy security.

Johnson said that he has travelled to Ukraine to meet President Zelenskyy in person and show solidarity with the Ukrainian people.

"Today I met my friend President @ZelenskyyUa in Kyiv as a show of our unwavering support for the people of Ukraine. We're setting out a new package of financial & military aid which is a testament of our commitment to his country's struggle against Russia's barbaric campaign," Johnson tweeted.

This visit comes as the Johnson government has announced defensive aid to Ukraine with a new £100m package.

The new support will include more NLAW (Next generation Light Anti-tank Weapon) anti-tank missiles, additional Javelin anti-tank systems, additional loitering munitions, additional Starstreak air defence systems, and more non-lethal aid including ballistic helmets, body armour and night-vision goggles.

This package amounts to over £100 million and has been designed in consultation with the Armed Forces of Ukraine to ensure that it meets their military needs. This builds on the £350 million of military aid and around £400m of economic and humanitarian support that the UK has already provided.

As well as providing bilateral lethal aid, the UK Armed Forces - alongside Polish, US and international partners - have established an International Donor Coordination Centre in Stuttgart.

This plays a leading role in the international effort and ensures that the military aid delivered to Ukraine is as coordinated and effective as possible. The team from 104 Logistics Brigade was established following the first International Donor Conference convened by the Defence Secretary in February.

"Putin has steeled our resolve, sharpened our focus and forced Europe to begin to rearm to guarantee our shared security," said Johnson.