UK PM Rishi Sunak Makes His First Visit To Ukraine

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By: Urvashi Khona
Updated: 19 November, 2022 9:56 pm IST

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Saturday made his first visit to Kviy in Ukraine one month after assuming the chair. With an on going crisis and to show strength of support to war torn Russia Sunak tweeted, “Britain knows what it means to fight for freedom. We are with you all the way @ZelenskyyUa 🇺🇦🇬🇧,” he tweeted.

To which Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky responded, “Thank you, @RishiSunak. With friends like you by our side, we are confident in our victory. Both of our nations know what it means to stand up for freedom 🇺🇦🇬🇧”

During the meeting Sunak and Zelensky discussed on capabilities in protecting Ukrainian and European energy security. “We also talked about the protection of Ukrainian skies and our defense cooperation. The diplomatic situation and joint international efforts for peace were also discussed in detail. Rishi Sunak, thank you for the principled support of Ukraine and for maximum constructiveness in the negotiations. Since the first days of the war, Ukraine and the UK have been the strongest of allies… We discussed the most important issues both for our countries and for global security” wrote Zelensky in Facebook post throwing light on the discussions that happened between the two.

In his address to press, Sunak pledged the continued support to Ukranians in all the fight. “I am proud of how the UK stood with Ukraine from the very beginning. And I am here today to say the UK and our allies will continue to stand with Ukraine, as it fights to end this barbarous war and deliver a just peace,” Sunak said. With this he also announced an increased training offer to Ukraine’s armed forces and specialised support.

Amidst recent aerial strikes from Russia on Kviy – Ukraine has been asking help from western country.

Sunak visit to Kviy happened within couple of days after attending G-20. G20 condemned Russia’s actions in Ukraine is what Sunak stressed on in G20. Confronting Russian Foreign Minister at G20 Sunak asked him to get out of Ukraine and end this barbaric war calling for strong support to Ukraine.


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