Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will meet Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in Britain on Monday as part of a tour of several key European allies ahead of an expected major Ukrainian counter-offensive against Russian forces.
Last week Britain became the first country to start supplying Ukraine with long-range cruise missiles, which will allow its forces to hit Russian troops and supply dumps deep behind the front lines.
Sunak’s office said the British leader would on Monday confirm the provision of hundreds of air defense missiles and further unmanned aerial systems including hundreds of new long-range attack drones with a range of over 200 kilometers.
Zelenskyy visited Berlin, Rome, and Paris over the weekend to meet with European leaders as he seeks to drum up further military and financial support for Ukraine.
Today – London. The UK is a leader when it comes to expanding our capabilities on the ground and in the air. This cooperation will continue today, Zelenskyy said on Twitter.
The British government said Zelenskyy had arrived in Britain and would meet Sunak at his Chequers country residence.
This is a crucial moment in Ukraine’s resistance to a terrible war. They need the sustained support of the international community to defend against the barrage of unrelenting and indiscriminate attacks that have been their daily reality for over a year.”
Sunak said in a statement.
After the United States, Britain has been one of the largest suppliers of military aid to Ukraine, contributing 2.3 billion pounds ($2.9 billion) worth of support last year and pledging a similar amount for 2023.
In January, Britain said it would send 14 of its battle tanks to Ukraine, a pledge that was followed by other nations including the United States and Germany. Zelenskyy was also scheduled to deliver a speech to the Copenhagen Democracy Summit on Monday via video link.