Britain’s new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak made his first visit to Kyiv on Saturday November 19, pledging to continue the strong support for Ukraine that was a focus of former Prime Ministers Boris Johnson and Liz Truss.
It has pledged to provide a new air defense package to help bring down Russian drones.
Sunak said in a statement that Britain would provide a new 50 million pound ($60 million) package including anti-aircraft guns and technologies such as radar to counter drone attacks. Britain has also said it will increase the training it provides to Ukraine’s armed forces.
“Britain knows what it means to fight for freedom,” Sunak said on Twitter. “We are with you all the way.”
“While the Ukrainian Armed Forces successfully repel Russian forces on the ground, civilians are brutally bombarded from the air,” Sunak said in the statement.
“We are today providing new air defence, including anti-aircraft guns, radar and anti-drone equipment, and stepping up humanitarian aid for the cold and harsh winter ahead of us.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy released a video of the meeting in Kyiv on Saturday, hailing London’s continued support.
“With friends like you by our side, we are confident in our victory. Both our nations know what it means to stand up for freedom,” Zelenskiy tweeted.
Sunak, a former finance minister, took office last month after the short-lived reign of Liz Truss. Both she and her predecessor Boris Johnson had made public support for Ukraine a major part of their agenda, a policy Sunak says he will maintain.
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— Rishi Sunak (@RishiSunak) November 19, 2022