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During a Surprise Visit to Kyiv, Boris Johnson Promises to Send More Arms

Boris Johnson made a surprise visit to Kyiv yesterday to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, promising a sizeable fresh injection of British armaments and financial aid to help oppose Russia’s military offensive, which is predicted to turn deadly.

“Ukraine has beaten the odds and drove Russian forces back from the gates of Kyiv, performing the greatest feat of arms of the twenty-first century,” the prime minister stated after the meeting.

“President Zelenskiy’s steadfast leadership and the indestructible heroism and courage of the Ukrainian people have stopped Putin’s terrible plans.” I made it clear today that the United Kingdom remains steadfastly committed to them in this protracted conflict and that we want to stay in it for the long haul.

“We are increasing our military and economic support and gathering a worldwide alliance to put a stop to this catastrophe and assure Ukraine’s survival and prosperity as a free and sovereign nation.”

Last night, No ten announced that the UK would supply 120 armored vehicles to Ukraine and new anti-ship missile systems. The missiles are capable of causing significant damage to Russian vessels and might be deployed to counter Russia’s naval blockade of Black Sea ports. Last Monday, the United Kingdom promised £100 million in military aid, including another 800 anti-tank missiles, more anti-aircraft weapons, “suicide drones” that hover over the battlefield before attacking a target, helmets and body armor and night-vision goggles.

Johnson has been commended by Zelensky, who contrasts Johnson’s fulfillment of a pledge to send essential anti-tank weapons to the army with

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During a Surprise Visit to Kyiv, Boris Johnson Promises to Send More Arms

 other Nato member countries’ more cautious replies, such as Germany.

Since Russia retreated from its positions around Kyiv on March 29 to regroup its forces and cement territorial gains in Ukraine’s south and east, the security situation in Ukraine’s capital has improved.

On Friday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen paid a visit to Kyiv and the neighboring village of Bucha, where there is compelling proof that Russian troops raped and murdered residents.

Johnson’s visit comes a day after Zelenskiy asked for more excellent military aid and stricter sanctions against Russia after a missile assault on a train station in the eastern city of Kramatorsk that killed 52 people, including five children.

Although Russia’s defense ministry has denied guilt, western intelligence sources believe a Russian short-range ballistic missile was fired indiscriminately into the town center. The station was packed with residents at the attack, which the Ukrainian government had instructed to flee the town in the face of the Russian onslaught from the southeast.

“I’ve already left Kramatorsk because we were terrified when a missile hit a school quite close to my house,” said Sofiya Ruban, 17, who fled with her family to the Kyiv area.

“We were startled and grieved when we learned about the airstrikes at the railway station yesterday.”

Russian shelling and missile attacks have increased in several areas across eastern Ukraine as Moscow shifts its “special military operation” away from overthrowing the government and constructing a corridor connecting the Russian-occupied Crimea, Luhansk, and Donetsk, and the Russian mainland.

According to the UK Ministry of Defence, the besieged city of Mariupol and the southern city of Mykolaiv, which has been heavily shelled, are primary Kremlin objectives.

On Saturday, scared inhabitants boarded buses or looked for alternative ways out of Kramatorsk, fearing the same unrelenting attacks and occupations by Russian invaders that caused food shortages, damaged buildings, and killed people in other Ukrainian cities.

The station bombing, Zelenskiy claimed, was the latest example of Russian soldiers’ war crimes, and it should push the west to do more to assist its country in defending itself.

In his nightly video message, Zelenskiy added, “All world efforts will be dedicated to establishing every minute of who did what, who gave what orders, where the missile came from, who transported it, who issued the command, and how this strike was agreed.”

In response to the shelling of Kramatorsk, a curfew was imposed in Odesa, Ukraine’s southern port city, from Saturday evening through Monday evening.

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On Saturday, ten humanitarian corridors to evacuate people from conflict zones around the country were agreed upon, according to Ukraine’s deputy prime minister Iryna Vereshchuk. Still, it was unclear whether civilians had made it to Ukrainian-controlled territory by evening.

After the Russian bombing of safe routes, several attempts to evacuate 150,000 people still trapped in Mariupol, which has been under persistent fire since February 24, and bring in essential supplies such as food and medicine have failed. Two UN organizations have also requested immediate assistance for an estimated 1,000 sailors stranded in Ukrainian ports and waterways due to diminishing supplies.

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According to the Institute for the Study of War in the United States, Ukrainian forces maintain defensive positions in eastern and south-western Mariupol. Russian forces continue to attempt to redeploy units in the east of Ukraine. According to ISW, Russian troops are “unlikely to enable a Russian breakthrough and confront low morale.”

Last week, Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman, claimed that the country had “major troop losses,” which he described as “a tragedy for us.”

The fight may be on the verge of devolving into a grueling attrition war. According to the Pentagon, Russia’s combat might is estimated to be between 80% and 85% of pre-invasion levels.

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