Volodymyr Zelensky will meet with Rishi Sunak in London today for “substantive negotiations” to get more support for his country’s war effort.
The Ukrainian president will meet with his “friendly” prime minister as part of a trip around Europe that has pressed the leaders for more military aid.
Zelensky said on Twitter: “The UK is a leader when it comes to expanding our capabilities on land and in the air.
“This cooperation will continue today. I will meet my friend Rishi. We will conduct substantive negotiations face to face and in delegations.
Mr Zelensky met Pope Francis at the Vatican last weekend, after Italy pledged full support for Kyiv in its defense against Russian aggression.
Earlier he met Italian prime minister Giorgia Meloni, who condemned Russia’s “brutal and unjust aggression,” pledged Italy’s support for Ukraine “as long as necessary,” and urged Russia to -back off immediately.
And Mr Zelensky made his first visit to Germany since Russia invaded Ukraine – where he was greeted with military honors by chancellor Olaf Scholz.
Berlin announced €2.7bn (£2.4bn) in military aid to Ukraine, its largest ever package, and pledged more support for Kyiv as needed.
The Ukrainian president and his team strongly advocated Kyiv’s 10-point peace plan and urged world leaders to hold a Global Peace Summit based on the proposals.
It calls for the restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity, the withdrawal of Russian troops and cessation of hostilities, and the restoration of Ukraine’s state borders. Mr Zelensky has repeatedly said the plan is not open to negotiation.
After Moscow acknowledged on Friday that its forces had fallen back north of the battleground town of Bakhmut in Ukraine, Britain’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Russian troops were likely to withdraw “instead of well organized”.
The MoD said Russia’s 72nd Separate Motor Rifle Brigade, which was established in the Autumn, was hit by allegations of poor morale and limited combat effectiveness and its deployment to Bakhmut showed a severe lack of reliable troops. combat unit on the Moscow side.
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