Britain, which has been reluctant to supply Typhoon and F-35 fighter jets, stepped up pressure on Moscow on Wednesday, announcing new sanctions and training Ukrainian pilots.
the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskymade his second trip abroad in the midst of the war with Russia, which turns one year old on February 24th. This Wednesday, the 8th, he landed in London, England, and met with King Charles III and the prime minister Rishi Sunak. During a meeting with the premier, the Ukrainian highlighted the “importance of Ukraine receiving the necessary weapons from the allies to stop the Russian offensive and liberate all the temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories”. In front of a packed Westminster Hall – the huge room where Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral was held in September –, Zelensky stressed the importance of sending fighter jets. “I ask you and the world for simple but very important words: fighter planes for Ukraine, wings for freedom,” he added. Britain, which has been reluctant to supply Typhoon and F-35 fighter jets, stepped up pressure on Moscow on Wednesday, announcing new sanctions and training Ukrainian pilots.
“We will continue to support Ukraine to secure a decisive military victory on the battlefield this year,” Sunak told parliament. The country provided 2.3 billion pounds ($2.8 billion) in military aid to Ukraine in 2022 and pledged to maintain the same level this year, second in the world after the United States. It has already agreed to supply 14 Challenger 2 tanks and, today, Sunak mentioned “an immediate increase in the supply of military equipment”, according to Downing Street, without referring to planes. After addressing parliamentarians, the leader of Ukraine went to Buckingham Palace, where he met with King Charles III. The United Kingdom is the second country that Zelensky has visited since the beginning of the Russian invasion – the first was the United States in December 2022, where he was received by President Joe Biden, spoke at the American Congress and guaranteed the supply of Patriot missiles to combat the Russian air and missile strikes. The trip will continue on Wednesday night, when he arrives in Paris, according to information from French government sources.
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