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Boris Johnson and Volodymyr Zelensky walk together in Kiev

the ride of Volodymyr Zelensky and Boris Johnson is very symbolic. The British Prime Minister, on a surprise visit to Ukraine On Saturday, the Ukrainian president walked together through the streets of Kiev, several districts of which were bombed by Russia.

A video released by the Ukrainian presidency shows the two leaders walking, seemingly without protective gear, through the district where the presidential administration is located. Surrounded by heavily armed Ukrainian soldiers, they also headed for Khrechtchatyk Street, the main thoroughfare of Kievsalute the few spectators present.

Support the Ukrainian people “as long as it takes”

A passerby, visibly moved to see the British Prime Minister, told him: “I love the… UK† He saved us . . . My children and grandchildren will remember! We need you very much. Everyone knows it.” “We want to continue to support the Ukrainian people as long as necessary,” replied the prime minister, wearing a dark suit and blue tie, while his Ukrainian host was dressed as usual in his military-style khaki outfit. the beginning of the Russian invasion on February 24.

Boris Johnson and Volodymyr Zelensky then went to Independence Square called Maidan, where massive pro-European demonstrations took place that began in late 2013 and culminated in February 2014 in the fall of a pro-Russian president, source of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. Not far from there, they finally gathered in front of a memorial to the “Heavenly Centuria”, these protesters shot dead during an attempt by the authorities to suppress this uprising with blood.

New British military aid

“Kiev is still sparsely populated and with disturbances in the air. But it is still so beautiful and there are no more fights around the city,” the head of the presidential government Andriï Iermak welcomed on Telegram, accompanied by the walk with several shots.

During his visit to Ukraine, the British Prime Minister announced military aid, including 120 armored vehicles and new anti-ship missile systems. This arrival of Boris Johnson in Kiev was also not publicly announced by the two sides. It is especially the first time since the beginning of the Russian invasion that a G7 official visits Ukraine. The day before, the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell Volodymyr met Zelensky in the Ukrainian capital.

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