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‘Good to be in Kyiv again’: British PM Boris Johnson meets Zelensky amid war in Ukraine

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Kyiv on Friday for the second time in two months and met with President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Ukraine’s president hailed ties with the UK even as the European Union expressed its willingness to accept Ukraine.

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“Many days of this war have proven that Britain’s support for Ukraine is firm and resolute,” Zelensky said as he welcomed Johnson to Ukraine. The British prime minister visited Kyiv in April just weeks after Russian troops were pushed back from Kyiv.

The British government announced that it was ready to train Ukrainian soldiers every 120 days, which it said would “fundamentally change the equation of war”.

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Ukrainian troops have already trained with British troops as part of Operation Orbital. The UK has already supplied millions of dollars worth of arms to Ukraine to fight Russian forces.

Previously, French President Emmanuel Macron visited Ukraine and met with President Zelensky. In a controversial remark a few days ago, Macron said Russia should not be “humiliated” in the war in Ukraine that had angered Zelensky.

However, after the meeting with Macron, Zelensky said: “We have moved on, while adding that “the relationship with President Macron is transparent and frank”.

France said it would send long-range Caesar howitzers as Ukraine continues to battle Russian forces,

(With agency contributions)

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