British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly announced millions of pounds of extra support for Ukraine during a visit to Kyiv on Friday as the country grapples with Russian airstrikes on vital infrastructure as winter sets in.
Clever met with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, condemning Russian attacks that targeted civilians, hospitals and energy infrastructure, leading to The capital was without power for days.
“As winter approaches, Russia continues to try to undermine Ukraine’s resolve with brutal attacks on civilians, hospitals and energy infrastructure. Russia will lose,” he said.
Zelensky’s office released a video of the Ukrainian president shaking Cleverly’s hand. “Nice to meet you, Minister, you are welcome,” he said, thanking Britain for its support.
Smartly put, Britain stands “shoulder to shoulder” with Ukraine.
“I’m announcing today a package of practical support for our Ukrainian friends in the fight, from ambulances to vital support for survivors of sexual violence by the Russian military,” Cleverly said.
New British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak visited Kyiv for the first time on Saturday and vowed to remain steadfast in supporting Ukraine, as Britain had provided under his predecessor.
“I’ve seen firsthand here how the UK’s efforts can help brave citizens resist and rebuild. Our support will continue as long as this remarkable country needs to recover,” Cleverly said.