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UK sending 120 armoured vehicles and anti-ship missiles to Ukraine after Boris Johnson meets Zelensky in war-torn Kyiv

BRITAIN will send 120 armoured vehicles and anti-ship missiles to Ukraine after Boris Johnson met Zelensky in war-torn Kyiv. 

The Prime Minister said Ukraine had defied the odds in fighting Russia and insisted the UK stands unwaveringly with them. 

Yesterday he pledged £100million worth of further UK military assistance, including anti-tank and anti-aircraft weaponry and so-called “suicide drones”, which loiter over the battlefield before attacking their target.

And today he met President Zelensky in Kyiv in an unannounced visit for fresh talks on ending Russian tyrant Vladimir Putin’s war. 

Mr Johnson said after the meeting: “Ukraine has defied the odds and pushed back Russian forces from the gates of Kyiv, achieving the greatest feat of arms of the 21st century.

“It is because of President Zelensky’s resolute leadership and the invincible heroism and courage of the Ukrainian people that Putin’s monstrous aims are being thwarted.


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“I made clear today that the United Kingdom stands unwaveringly with them in this ongoing fight, and we are in it for the long run.

“We are stepping up our own military and economic support and convening a global alliance to bring this tragedy to an end, and ensure Ukraine survives and thrives as a free and sovereign nation.”

Both leaders were pictured alone in a room today with a British and Ukrainian flag beside them.

Deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential office Andriy Sybiha said: “The UK is the leader in defence support for Ukraine. The leader in the anti-war coalition. The leader in sanctions against the Russian aggressor.”

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A No 10 spokesperson said the PM had travelled to Ukraine to meet Zelensky in person "in a show of solidarity with the Ukrainian people".

The surprise meeting comes as Russia unleashed a new wave of terror on Friday when it bombed the Kramatorsky railway station in eastern Ukraine.

At least 50 people were killed and more than 100 injured in the barbaric attack, that involved a missile that has "for the children" scribbled on its side.

President Zelensky slammed the attack in a social media post yesterday, saying: "This is an evil that has no limits."

"The occupiers hit the Kramatorsk railway station with a Point-U [missile], where thousands of peaceful Ukrainians were waiting to be evacuated," the Ukrainian leader wrote on Instagram before the death toll was updated.

"About 30 people died, about 100 people were injured to varying degrees. Police and rescuers are already on the scene. Russian non-humans do not abandon their methods.

"Lacking the strength and courage to stand up to us on the battlefield, they are cynically destroying the civilian population.

"This is an evil that has no limits. And if it is not punished, it will never stop."

EU President Ursula von der Leyen visited Bucha – the site of the latest alleged Russian atrocities – on Friday.

Von der Leyen said she had witnessed the "unthinkable" in the devastated town, which was occupied by Russian troops days earlier.

She also presented Zelensky with an official membership questionnaire in at a historical joint press conference in Kyiv.

It comes as Britain agrees to send send 120 armoured cars – including Mastiffs – to Ukraine and more fighter jets to the Russian border in the fightback against Putin.

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said Britain would step up arming the war-torn nation and vowed to do whatever he could to help back those fighting Putin's troops.

The vehicles were previously used in Afghanistan to withstand Taliban explosives – and can be shipped over via Europe.

They can carry up to eight troops plus another two crew – and can be armed with other weapons too.

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The Sun understands that ministers want to send up to 200 of them over time.

Britain will also send another two typhoon jets out to Romania next week to help support the NATO forces out there – joining four already in the region.

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