President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, during a meeting today with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, praised the British support for his country, saying: “Your support is really great for us. Your government, the king and the British people have done a lot for us. In turn, Sunak confirmed that he was looking forward to talks with Zelenskiy, who arrived earlier today, on ways to support Kyiv.
A British government statement said the visit would be for discussion before the prime minister announced an increase in military aid to Kiev ahead of the Council of Europe and G7 summits this week, where Sunak will call for further global support for Ukraine. The statement added that the British Prime Minister will announce today the delivery of hundreds of anti-aircraft missile systems and drones to Ukraine, including hundreds of long-range attack aircraft with a range of more than 200 kilometers. All of these weapons are scheduled to be delivered in the coming months, at a time when Ukraine is preparing to intensify its operations against Russian forces.
The statement said Zelenskiy will discuss with Sunak what kind of support Kiev needs from the international community, in terms of military equipment it needs immediately or long-term defense.
“This is a defining moment in Ukraine’s resistance to the war,” Sunak said in a statement. “They need the continued support of the international community.” Sunak assured the UK of continued support and solidarity with Ukraine, adding that “this message of solidarity will resound in all my meetings with other world leaders in the coming days.” London announced last week that it had delivered long-range and accurate Storm Shadow missiles to Kyiv, angering Moscow.