Boris Johnson has made his second surprise visit to Kyiv since Russia began its invasion of Ukraine. The trip to the Ukrainian capital on Friday is the Prime Minister’s second since Russia began its invasion in February.
The Prime Minister told President Volodymyr Zelensky that Britain could train up to 10,000 troops every 120 days, when the two men met during an unannounced visit by Mr Johnson to Kyiv on Friday.
A message on Zelensky’s Telegram account says: “Many days of this war have proved that Great Britain’s support for Ukraine is firm and resolute.
“Glad to see our country’s great friend Boris Johnson in Kyiv again.”
Video from the Ukrainian government showed Zelensky warmly greeting the Prime Minister with a “hi, Boris” as he arrived at the presidential palace.
Boris Johnson tweeted a picture of himself with Zelensky, adding: “Mr President, Volodymyr, it is good to be in Kyiv again.”
In a statement, Mr Johnson 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 ultimately prevail.
“As Ukrainian soldiers fire UK missiles in defence of your nation’s sovereignty, they do so also in defence of the very freedoms we take for granted.
“That is why I have offered President Zelensky a major new military training programme that could change the equation of this war – harnessing that most powerful of forces, the Ukrainian determination to win,” he added.