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David Cameron Makes First Official Visit To Ukraine

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New Foreign Secretary David Cameron has made his first working visit to Ukraine, meeting President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv.

Lord Cameron reiterated the UK’s support for Ukraine, promising moral, diplomatic and “above all military support for… however long it takes”.

Mr Zelensky congratulated Mr Cameron on his new post and thanked him for the UK’s continued backing.

Lord Cameron became foreign secretary in a cabinet shuffle on Monday.

This is very important, especially now, when the world is paying attention not only to the situation on the battlefield in Ukraine, and dividing the focus does not help,” the Ukrainian president said, alluding to the Middle East.

We are grateful for the unwavering support of Ukraine from the United Kingdom. We are grateful for the warm welcome of Ukrainian citizens in the UK. And we are glad that you came to Ukraine,” he said.

Mr Zelensky posted a short clip of the meeting to social media, during which Lord Cameron can be heard saying “I wanted this to be my first visit.”

What I want to say by being here is that we will continue to give you the moral support, the diplomatic support the economic support and above all the military support that you need not just this year and next year but long as it takes,” Lord Cameron said.

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The former UK prime minister added: “I’ve had some disagreements with Boris Johnson, we’ve known each other for 40 years, but his support for you was the finest thing he and his government did.”

Ukraine’s foreign ministry said the pair discussed weapons, arms production, and security in the Black Sea.

In a statement following the meeting, Lord Cameron said: “As winter approaches, we continue to stand with the Ukrainian people as they resist Putin’s illegal invasion. In the last three months, they have pushed Russia back in the Black Sea and are opening vital sea trade routes for the Ukrainian economy and global food supplies.”

The UK has provided Ukraine with billions of pounds in military aid since Russia launched its invasion in February 2022.

Military hardware donations have included a number of Challenger 2 tanks and long-range missiles, and tens of thousands of Ukrainian recruits have been trained by the British military on UK soil.

Lord Cameron’s visit comes after Ukrainian forces succeeded in establishing positions across the Dnipro River in southern Ukraine, a potentially significant advance. Local Russian-installed officials acknowledged on Wednesday that Ukrainian forces were present in the village of Krynky, on the Russian-occupied left (east) bank.

The river has separated Ukrainian and Russian forces since Moscow’s troops withdrew from Kherson a year ago.

The news has heartened Ukrainians, whose four-month-old counter-offensive has failed to regain significant occupied territory from Russia.



Written by: Bukky Alabi

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