British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has traveled to Kyiv to hold talks with Volodymyr Zelensky.
Reports from the British parliament said the meeting was a “show of solidarity” for the people of Ukraine.
Downing Street, after the talks, said the UK had approved 120 armored vehicles and powerful anti-ship missile systems to support the Ukrainian defenders.
These reports come the day after the United Kingdom announced £100m of weapons will be sent to Ukraine following the tragic bombing of refugees at a train station in Kramatorsk, Donetsk Oblast.
A spokesperson for Downing Street said, “The prime minister has traveled to Ukraine to meet President Zelensky in person, in a show of solidarity with the Ukrainian people.”
This visit from PM Johnson was unannounced, and the earliest indication of the Kyiv meeting was a picture of the two leaders after the meeting, posted to Twitter by the Ukrainian Embassy in London.
Andriy Sybiha, deputy head of Zelensky’s office, said in a recent Facebook post: “The UK is the leader in defense support for Ukraine. The leader in the anti-war coalition. The leader in sanctions against the Russian aggressor.”
Boris Johnson is the latest of a growing list of Western leaders visiting Ukraine’s capital to meet with Mr. Zelensky.
Kyiv welcomed European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and the EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Friday, and Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer earlier on Saturday.
Zelensky had earlier called on the international community to condemn and hold accountable the Russian forces responsible for the Kramatorsk station bombing, which was particularly heinous due to the number of women and children attempting to flee the area.
The Russians have naturally denied any responsibility for the attack.
Ukraine has urgently requested more arms support as it anticipates a large Russian offensive in the east after Russian forces were pulled away from Kyiv.
PM Johnson said in a Friday press conference that the UK will send 800 anti-tank missiles and more Starstreak anti-aircraft missiles.