Rishi Sunak tells President Zelenky ‘we are with you all the way’ as he arrives in snowy Kyiv on first trip to Ukraine since becoming Prime Minister
- Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has made his first visit to Ukraine since taking office
- He has met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv this afternoon
- ‘During today’s meeting, we discussed the most important issues both for our countries and for global security,’ the Ukrainian President wrote on Telegram
Rishi Sunak has made his first visit to Ukraine since taking office, where he has met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The Prime Minister touched down in snowy Kyiv for the surprise visit this afternoon, where he had his first face-to-face meeting with the Ukrainian President.
It comes following a tense week in the country as Russia has escalated its missile attacks as Putin’s forces have faced losses on the front.
Writing in English and Ukrainian, Mr Sunak said on Twitter: ‘Britain knows what it means to fight for freedom. We are with you all the way @ZelenskyyUa’.
Mr Zelensky posted a video this afternoon showing the two leaders meeting in Kyiv.
‘During today’s meeting, we discussed the most important issues both for our countries and for global security,’ he wrote on the Telegram messaging app.
Rishi Sunak has made his first visit to Ukraine since taking office, where he has met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky
He added: ‘Since the first days of the war, Ukraine and the UK have been the strongest of allies.
‘Together we are stronger and we will achieve the desired results.’
The Prime Minister was welcomed by Ukrainian military personnel.
Downing Street confirmed Mr Sunak’s visit, with a spokesperson saying: ‘The Prime Minister is in Ukraine today for his first visit to Kyiv to meet President Zelenskyy and confirm continued UK support.’
Despite accepting an invitation from Mr Zelensky to come to Kyiv, Mr Sunak’s predecessor Liz Truss never actually made the journey during her 44 days in office.
Boris Johnson shared a friendly relationship with Mr Zelensky and visited Ukraine on multiple occasions as Prime Minister.
Mr Sunak has vowed that the close partnership between the UK and Ukraine will continue under his leadership.
The Prime Minister, who has spoken to Mr Zelensky on more than one occasion since entering Downing Street, used his appearance at the G20 this week to join with allies and other Western leaders to condemn Vladimir Putin’s invasion.
A video of the meeting, posted by Mr Sunak’s Twitter account, shows him shaking hands with the Ukrainian leader in a snowy Kyiv.
‘Welcome. How are you?’ Mr Zelensky asks the Prime Minister.
‘Really good to see you,’ Mr Sunak says as Mr Zelensky gestures at the falling snow.
The pair are shown shaking hands in front of the Union flag and Ukraine’s flag, before holding a one-to-one meeting.
The visit comes after a missile hit a Polish village close to the Ukrainian border, initially sparking concerns Russia had struck a Nato member state.
Some of the tensions have been eased after experts reported it is likely the hit can be attributed to Ukrainian defence forces.