11/19/2022 – 1:07 pm
British Prime Minister meets Zelensky, reaffirms his country’s support and promises to send 50 million pounds in military equipment, including radars and anti-drone systems. The new British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, made his first visit to Kiev, pledging to continue the same firm UK support for Ukraine provided by its predecessors and announcing a new air defense package to help shoot down Russian drones.
“The UK knows what it means to fight for freedom,” Sunak said on Twitter. “We continue with you.”
Sunak said in a statement that his country would provide a new £50 million package that includes anti-aircraft weapons and technology such as radar to counter drone strikes.
The UK has also said it will step up the training it provides to Ukraine’s armed forces. “While Ukraine’s armed forces manage to repel Russian forces on the ground, civilians are being brutally bombed from the air,” Sunak said in his statement.
“Today we are providing new air defence, including anti-aircraft weapons, radar and anti-drone equipment and increasing humanitarian support for the cold and harsh winter ahead,” said the British PM.
Sunak pledged £12 million (R$77 million) to the UN World Food Program and £4 million (R$25.6 million) to the International Organization for Migration, which will provide generators, shelters, access to water and clinics. health furniture, informs the note of the British government.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky posted a video of their meeting in Kiev on Saturday and praised London’s continued support. “With friends like you by our side, we are confident of our victory. Both of our nations know what it means to defend freedom,” Zelenskiy tweeted.
After the meeting, Sunak met with representatives of the Ukrainian emergency services and laid flowers at a monument honoring the victims of the conflict, according to information from the British government.
Sunak, a former finance minister, took office on the 25th of last month, following the short-term tenure of Liz Truss. She and her predecessor Boris Johnson have made public support for Ukraine an important part of their agenda, a promise Sunak has kept.
Russia has increasingly targeted Ukraine’s power infrastructure, with long-range attacks since last month, including the use of what Kiev says are Iranian-made drones, against which Ukraine has sought air defense equipment from the West.
md (EFE, Reuters)