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British Prime Minister Sunak arrives in Kyiv

British Prime Minister Sunak arrives in Kyiv Rishi Sunak, the British Prime Minister (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has arrived in Kyiv for an important visit, with expectations running high for his meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Sources indicate that Sunak is poised to announce a substantial new military aid package and more, according to the British Prime Minister on X.

"I am in Ukraine to deliver a simple message. Our support cannot and will not falter. To all Ukrainians, Britain is with you – for as long as it takes," said Sunak.

Anticipated highlights of Sunak's visit

The British government has disclosed that during his trip to Ukraine, Sunak will announce a new military aid package. The United Kingdom is set to provide £2.5 billion (approximately $3.19 billion) in the years 2024-2025. Of this amount, £200 million (around $255 million) will be allocated for:

  • Surveillance drones
  • Attack drones
  • Long-range maritime drones

Additionally, Sunak is expected to announce security guarantees and sign a cooperation agreement with the Ukrainian president. The agreement encompasses intelligence sharing, cybersecurity, medical and military training, and defense-industrial collaboration.

Other key points include:

  • A meeting between the British Prime Minister and Ukrainian rescuers, with an announcement of additional funding for humanitarian support.
  • Allocation of funds and resources by Britain for English language education in Ukraine.

Britain's ongoing assistance to Ukraine

As one of Ukraine's key allies in countering Russian aggression, the United Kingdom has consistently supported the country since the outset of the full-scale terrorist invasion. London has provided not only humanitarian aid but also military and financial support, including Challenger 2 tanks and long-range Storm Shadow missiles. Additionally, Britain has played a role in training Ukrainian pilots on F-16 fighter jets.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited Britain in May 2023, engaging in significant meetings that further strengthened the ties between the two nations. The visit underscores the continued commitment of the United Kingdom to stand by Ukraine in the face of regional challenges.