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Boris Johnson travels to Kyiv and meets Ukrainian President Zelensky in unannounced ‘surprise’ visit


Boris Johnson travels to Kyiv and meets Ukrainian President Zelensky in unannounced ‘surprise’ visit

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson traveled to Kyiv to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in an unannounced visit.

A photo shared by the Ukrainian Embassy in the UK on Twitter showed the couple seated at a table in the country’s capital, with their respective flags in the room.

In the caption of the image, the embassy simply wrote: “Surprised” with a flashing emoji.

“Boris Johnson’s visit to Kyiv has just started with a one-on-one meeting with President Zelensky,” presidential aide Andriy Sybiha posted on Facebook, posting another photo of the couple.

Last month, it was reported that the prime minister had asked officials to consider the practicality and value of traveling to Ukraine’s capital for talks with his Ukrainian counterpart.

At the time, security officials would have “kittens” at the prospect of Mr Johnson traveling to a war zone.

But a Whitehall source said Mr Johnson ‘wants to go’ if it can work out.

The source added: “If you put aside the security concerns, which are considerable, the question is whether there is something more you could achieve by visiting in person, or whether it would just be a demonstration of solidarity, and whether it is a sufficient measure, an end in itself.

Since then, Moscow has withdrawn its forces from Kyiv and its surroundings in a bid to refocus its military campaign in the eastern Donbass region.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson traveled to Kyiv to meet President Volodymyr Zelensky during an unannounced visit. A photo shared by the Ukrainian Embassy in the UK on Twitter showed the couple seated at a table in the country’s capital, with their respective flags in the room.

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