- Prime Minister meets President Zelensky in Kyiv and pledges support for the people of Ukraine
- Leaders discussed support for Ukraine’s long-term survival as a free and democratic country
- Prime Minister offers new military aid and an additional $500 million World Bank guarantee to support Ukraine’s economy
The Prime Minister is in Kyiv today [Saturday] demonstrate the UK‘s unwavering solidarity with Ukraine and hold in-depth discussions with President Zelensky on military and economic assistance.
He reiterated that the UK will do everything in its power to support Ukraine’s courageous fight against Russia’s brutal and unprovoked invasion and ensure its long-term security and prosperity.
The Prime Minister announced new military assistance of 120 armored vehicles and new anti-ship missile systems, to support Ukraine in this crucial phase as Russia’s illegal assault continues. This is on top of the £100million worth of high-quality military equipment announced yesterday, including more Starstreak anti-aircraft missiles, another 800 anti-tank missiles and high-tech ammunition for precision strikes.
The Prime Minister also confirmed additional economic support, guaranteeing an additional $500 million [£385m] in World Bank loans to Ukraine, bringing our total loan guarantee to $1 billion. This is on top of the £394million the UK has provided in grants and will help ensure the continued operation of vital humanitarian services for Ukrainians.
The UK has responded to the Ukrainian government‘s request by liberalizing all tariffs on imports from Ukraine and granting customs easements, as part of our commitment to the country’s economic stability.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
It is a privilege to be able to travel to Ukraine and to meet President Zelensky in person in Kyiv today.
Ukraine defied odds and pushed Russian forces back from the gates of kyiv, achieving the greatest feat of arms of the 21st century.
It is thanks to the resolute leadership of President Zelensky and the invincible heroism and courage of the Ukrainian people that Putin’s monstrous aims are thwarted.
I have made it clear today that the UK stands steadfast with them in this ongoing fight, and we are in it for the long haul.
We are strengthening our own military and economic support and convening a global alliance to end this tragedy and ensure Ukraine’s survival and prosperity as a free and sovereign nation.