British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has offered to launch a major training operation for Ukrainian armed forces during his meeting with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Kiev on his second trip to the Ukrainian capital since the Russian invasion.
Johnson, who described Zelenskiy as a “great friend,” posted a photo of himself with the Ukrainian president, captioning “Mr. President, Volodymyr, it’s good to be back in Kiev”.
The meeting was shrouded in secrecy over security concerns and is Johnson’s last statement of support for Zelenskiy since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.
The two leaders discussed the supply of weapons and air defenses, as well as further economic support to Ukraine and stepping up sanctions against Russia, Zelenskiy’s chief of staff Andriy Yermark said.
“Many days of this war have proved that Britain’s support for Ukraine is firm and resolute. Glad to see Boris Johnson, our country’s great friend, back in Kiev,” Zelenskiy said.
Johnson offered to launch a major training operation for Ukrainian troops, with the potential to train up to 10,000 soldiers at the meeting every 120 days, his office said.
“My visit today, in the depths of this war, is to send a clear and simple message to the Ukrainian people: the UK is with you, and we will be with you until you are finally victorious,” Johnson said.