Ukraine can “count on” UK support in 2023, PM Sunak says

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(Alliance News) – Prime Minister Rishi Sunak reaffirmed the UK’s support for Ukraine, in an early January call with Volodymyr Zelensky.

The two leaders spoke after a Ukrainian rocket attack killed dozens of Russian soldiers in a town in the Donetsk region.

During the new year period Russia had launched attacks on Ukrainian sites.

Sunak told the President of Ukraine that the country can “rely on the United Kingdom to continue supporting it in the long term”.

A Downing Street spokesman said: “Leaders discussed the abhorrent drone attacks on Ukraine in recent days, and the Prime Minister said the UK’s thoughts were with the Ukrainian people as they continued to live under such bombardment.

“The Prime Minister said that Ukraine can count on the United Kingdom to continue supporting it in the long term, as shown by the recent delivery of more than 1,000 anti-aircraft missiles.

“Work was also underway to provide more equipment in the coming weeks and months to ensure Ukraine’s victory on the battlefield, added the Prime Minister.”

The two leaders discussed the recent Joint Expeditionary Force summit in Latvia last month.

“The leaders agreed to stay in close contact in the coming weeks,” the spokesman said.

In a tweet, Zelensky spoke of his hopes to “bring victory closer” in 2023, with the support of the United Kingdom.

He tweeted that together with Rishi Sunak, “we discussed further defense cooperation”.

“We have agreed to intensify our efforts to bring victory closer this year already. We already have concrete decisions for this.”

The Ukrainian leader seems to be starting the new year with a series of phone calls to European leaders and allies, including the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.

source: PA

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