On Ukrainian Independence Day, the British prime minister met with top Ukrainian officials and walked around the center of Kyiv with Volodymyr Zelensky. Johnson also announced a new £54 million military aid package for Ukraine.
President Zelensky was evidently happy to meet Johnson again in Kyiv and presented him with the Order of Freedom, calling Johnson a friend of Ukraine. Boris Johnson’s name was also engraved on the Ukrainian capital’s Alley of Courage.
“I am glad to welcome a great friend of Ukraine, Boris Johnson, on Independence Day. Boris, thank you for your uncompromising support for our country from the first days of the full-scale Russian aggression, and the staunch defense of Ukraine’s interests in the international arena! Our state is lucky to have such a friend!” Zelensky wrote in his official statement.
Boris Johnson’s name engraved on the Alley of Courage in Kyiv. Source: President’s Office – August 24
Johnson’s visit to Ukraine, on Aug. 24, was not announced either in the media or by the press services of the Ukrainian or British governments.
Johnson declared his belief in Ukraine’s victory in the war with Russia.
“What is happening in Ukraine is important for all of us. That is why I am in Kyiv today. The UK will continue to support our Ukrainian friends,” the prime minister said.
In honor of Ukraine’s Independence Day, Johnson announced the provision of a new package of military assistance to the Armed Forces of Ukraine worth £54 million, including 850 Black Hornet microdrones
The British Prime Minister also posted on Twitter a greeting card for the 31st anniversary of Ukraine’s independence.
“To the people of Ukraine on your Independence Day, I want you to know this: For however long it takes, the United Kingdom will stand with you,” read the caption.
The Head of the Ukrainian President’s Office, Andriy Yermak, noted that the visit of Boris Johnson to Kyiv on Ukraine’s Independence Day once again underlines the strength of bilateral relations between the countries.
On July 7, Johnson announced that he was resigning as the Leader of the UK Conservative Party, thereby losing his position as Prime Minister, which saddened many Ukrainians, who have fallen in love with him during the war, affectionately nicknaming him “Johnsonyuk.” However, Johnson has regularly stressed that the UK would continue to support Ukraine after his departure from Downing Street.
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