PM Sunak in Kyiv honors the memory of the Holodomor victims and the heroes fallen for Ukraine

November 19,2022 494
PM Sunak in Kyiv honors the memory of the Holodomor victims and the heroes fallen for Ukraine

U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Saturday in Kyiv lit a candle at a memorial for victims of the 1932-1933 Holodomor famine and laid flowers at the Wall of Memory for those who died for Ukraine. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky accompanied the Prime Minister during the ceremonies, which were held after a meeting of the two leaders.

Sunak arrived on his first visit to Kyiv to “confirm continued U.K. support” for Ukraine, a No 10 spokesperson said, according to BBC.

“We discussed the most important issues both for our countries and for global security,” Zelensky wrote on Telegram following the meeting.

“We are stronger and we will achieve the desired results,” he added.

Sunak – who took office last month – said it was “deeply humbling” to be in Kyiv and pledged that the U.K. would continue to stand by Ukrainians in their fight.

During the meeting with Zelensky, he said the U.K. would provide a major new package of air defense to help protect Ukrainian civilians and the country’s national infrastructure from Russian strikes.

Ukraine has been requesting assistance from Western nations in recent months amid intense Russian aerial attacks on Kyiv and across the country.

The £50 million package of defense aid comprises 125 anti-aircraft guns and technology to counter deadly Iranian-supplied drones, including dozens of radars and anti-drone electronic warfare capability.

It follows more than 1,000 new anti-air missiles announced by the U.K.’s Defense Secretary Ben Wallace earlier this month.

Earlier in the week Russia hit Ukraine with one of its biggest barrages of missiles yet, days after its troops were forced to withdraw from Kherson.

Kyiv was hit and there were strikes across the country, from Lviv in the west to Chernihiv in the north.

That attack coincided with the G20 summit in Bali where, in a virtual speech, Zelensky said he was “convinced now is the time when the Russian destructive war must and can be stopped.”

Sunak announced the U.K. will also increase the training offer to Ukraine’s armed forces, sending expert army medics and engineers to the region to offer specialized support.

“I am proud of how the U.K. stood with Ukraine from the very beginning. And I am here today to say the U.K. and our allies will continue to stand with Ukraine, as it fights to end this barbarous war and deliver a just peace,” Mr. Sunak said.

“While Ukraine’s armed forces succeed in pushing back Russian forces on the ground, civilians are being brutally bombarded from the air. We are today providing new air defense, including anti-aircraft guns, radar and anti-drone equipment, and stepping up humanitarian support for the cold, hard winter ahead,” he added.

Photo: Ukrinform

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