British Foreign Secretary visits Kiev to confirm support for Ukraine | Foreign policy

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the Minister of Foreign Affairs, James Cleverlytraveled to Kiev on Thursday to meet the Ukrainian leadership and pledge Britain’s support for as long as it takes to defeat Russia’s brutal efforts to break the country’s resolve.

In his first visit to Ukraine since his appointment as Secretary of State, Cleverly presented an aid package including money for rebuilding schools, ambulances, victims of sexual violence and grain sales to the world’s poorest markets, such as Sudan and Yemen.

With Kiev under regular bombardment, his visit, which follows a trip to the Ukrainian capital by Rishi Sunak on Saturday, was carried out with a high level of security.

The new Conservative leadership is keen to reassure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that Boris Johnson’s departure from No 10 will not lead to diminishing levels of British moral, military and financial support.

Cleverly said: “As winter sets in, Russia continues to try to break Ukrainian resolve through its brutal attacks on civilians, hospitals and energy infrastructure. Russia will fail.

“Our support will continue for as long as it takes for this remarkable country to recover.”

Wise said the bulk of the infrastructure funding would go to newly liberated areas in southern Ukraine, such as Kherson.

This week, Johnson, speaking at a CNN Portugal event, called on the West to meet Ukraine’s calls for fixed-wing aircraft to help it fight back against Iranian-supplied drones targeting its infrastructure.

As well as meeting most of the Ukrainian political leadership, Cleverly will also visit a refugee center and a school due to reopen shortly after being rebuilt by volunteers, including parents and teachers, with support from the UK. He will also see British embassy staff and people working to protect human rights in Ukraine.

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