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Boris Johnson visits Kyiv on Ukraine Independence Day

Announcing the visit on Twitter, 10 Downing Street shared an image of Johnson addressing Zelensky outside the Mariinsky Palace in Kyiv and added that Johnson’s message was: “Ukraine can and will win this war.”

Johnson has been one of Ukraine’s most vocal supporters as it tries to defend itself against Russia’s unprovoked onslaught and Wednesday’s trip was his third visit to the Ukrainian capital since the start of the war at the end of February.

He became one of the first foreign leaders to make the precarious trip to the Ukrainian capital in late April, then returned for another surprise visit in June.

Johnson has forged a close relationship with Zelensky, who said he was sad to see the British prime minister leave office when the ruling Conservative Party forced him to resign in July.

On Wednesday, Zelensky gave Johnson a parting gift, awarding him the Order of Freedom for “the work Boris has done for our country and all of Europe”.

The UK has given more than £2.3 billion ($2.71 billion) in military and financial aid to Ukraine since the invasion began, according to a Downing Street statement.

On Wednesday, the British government announced it would supply Ukraine with minehunting vehicles, drones and ammunition worth £54 million ($63.5 million).


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