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On Friday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a second surprise visit to Kyiv to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
The visit was first announced on the Prime Minister’s Twitter page and Fox News confirmed the information with Ukrainian authorities.
“Mr. President, Volodymyr, it’s good to be in Kyiv again,” the post from the prime minister’s account read, along with a photo of him and Zelenskyy.
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Johnson’s office confirmed that the prime minister and Zelensky discussed Ukraine’s “valiant fight against Russia” and offered a UK-led training program to help thousands of Ukrainian troops continue “their defense heroic”.
Johnson said Russian forces were “suffering heavy casualties” and promised “the strategic endurance you will need.”
The training operation would instruct up to 10,000 Ukrainian military personnel for three weeks every 120 days “using the battle-proven expertise of the British Army”.
The program is intended to help Kyiv “accelerate its deployment, rebuild its forces and intensify its resistance as it continues to defend its nation’s sovereignty against Russian invaders.”
International partners would also be invited to participate in the training programme.
“My visit today, deep into this war, is to send a clear and simple message to the people of Ukraine: the UK is with you, and we will be with you until you finally win. “, he said in a statement on Friday. “As Ukrainian soldiers fire British missiles to defend your nation’s sovereignty, they also do so to defend the very freedoms we take for granted.”
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Johnson’s visit comes just a day after French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and Romanian President Klaus Iohannis also visited Kyiv.
Ukraine received broad support from Western nations after Russia’s illegal invasion in February caused the biggest security threat to Europe since World War II.
Johnson’s first visit in April marked the first of the G7 nations to meet Zelenskyy in person.
President Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida are the only two G7 leaders who have not yet visited Kyiv.
Fox News could not immediately reach the White House to find out if President Biden plans to visit Ukraine in the future.
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After Boris’ first trip to Ukraine in April, then-White House press secretary Jen Psaki firmly said the administration had no plans to send Biden to the torn country. by war.
“It’s not in the plans of the President of the United States,” Psaki said. “Perhaps we should all be relieved about that.”
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