British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, visiting kyiv, pledged British armored vehicles and anti-ship missiles for Ukraine on Saturday as he hailed his army for “the greatest feat of arms of the 21st century”.
“It is thanks to the resolute leadership of President (Volodymyr) Zelensky and the invincible heroism and courage of the Ukrainian people that the monstrous aims of (Vladimir) Putin are thwarted,” he said after meeting Zelensky, according to a statement from Downing Street.
Johnson has provided additional military assistance of 120 armored vehicles and new anti-ship missile systems, “to support Ukraine in this critical phase as Russia’s unlawful assault continues,” the statement said.
This is in addition to British aid announced on Friday for additional Starstreak anti-aircraft missiles and another 800 anti-tank missiles, as well as “roaming” drones for “precision strikes” against the Russians.
As world powers staged a fundraiser for Ukraine, Johnson also pledged an additional $500 million through the World Bank.
Johnson said it had been a “privilege” to meet Zelensky in person during his surprise, unannounced visit to London.
“Ukraine defied odds and pushed Russian forces back from the gates of kyiv, achieving the greatest feat of arms of the 21st century,” he said.
“I have made it clear today that the UK stands steadfast with them in this ongoing fight, and we are in it for the long haul.”
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