Prime Minister Boris Johnson traveled to Kyiv to meet Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a “show of solidarity”.
“Right now, a visit by Boris Johnson to Kyiv started with a one-on-one meeting with President Zelenskiy,” said Andriy Sybiha,
deputy head of the office of the President of Ukraine, said on Facebook.
A Downing Street spokesman said the prime minister was making the trip “as a sign of solidarity with the people of Ukraine”.
“They will discuss the UK’s long-term support for Ukraine and the Prime Minister will present a new financial and military aid package,” the spokesman added.
Mr Johnson’s surprise trip comes shortly after the UK pledged to send armored vehicles to Ukraine for the first time as part of a new £100million package.
Boris Johnson is not the first foreign leader to visit Kyiv, with the likes of EU Ursula Von Der Leyen, Austrian Karl Nehammer and Slovak Eduard Heger all meeting Mr Zelenskyy face to face with the latter days.
• Destroyed ammunition depot at an air base in central Ukraine, according to the Russian news agency Interfax
• A general responsible for atrocities in Syria would have now in charge of the invasion of Ukraine.
• Curfew in Odessa’s Black Sea port from Saturday night to Monday amid attack fears
• More than 6,600 people evacuated through humanitarian corridors on Friday
• EU promises to “accelerate” Ukraine’s accession
• Russia has lost 19,000 soldiers, according to Ukraine, after Kremlin admits ‘significant’ losses
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The attack on the station is “an evil that has no limits”
He also comes a day after at least 50 people were killed during an attack on civilians at Kramatorsk train station in eastern Ukraine – which Mr Zelenskyy called a war crime.
Ukraine’s train operator said on Saturday services from Kramatorsk were still disrupted but evacuations would continue at other stations in the east of the country.
Five children were among the at least 50 people killed. Up to 4,000 people, mostly women and children, were at the station when the blast hit.
The station was packed as people tried to flee Ukraine, but the Russian Defense Ministry denied targeting the station.
The start of the weekend also saw Russia claim to have destroyed an ammunition depot at Myrhorod airbase in central Ukraine, according to the country’s Interfax news agency.
The Black Sea port of Odessa also imposed a curfew from Saturday evening to Monday morning, fearing an attack on the city.
General responsible for atrocities in Syria ‘now in charge’
There are also unconfirmed reports that Alexander Dvornikov, a Russian general responsible for atrocities in Syria, was in charge of the invasion of Ukraine.
Speaking to Sky News, the UK’s former ambassador to Russia, Sir Roderic Lyne, appeared to confirm the news.
“They appointed a new general with a pretty savage record in Syria to try to win at least some territory in Donetsk that Putin could present as a victory,” he said.
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