Foreign Secretary James Cleverly traveled to Kiev on Thursday to meet with Ukrainian leaders and pledge the UK’s support for as long as it takes to defeat Russia’s relentless attempts to break the country’s resolve .
On his first visit to Ukraine since his appointment as foreign minister, Cleverly presented a support package that included money for the reconstruction of schools, ambulances, victims of sexual violence and the sale of grain to the world’s poorest markets, such as Sudan and Yemen .
As Kiev is regularly bombed, his visit, which follows Rishi Sunak’s trip to the Ukrainian capital on Saturday, was conducted with a high level of security.
The new Conservative leadership is keen to reassure Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, that Boris Johnson’s departure from Number 10 will not lead to dwindling levels of British moral, military and financial support.
Cleverly said: “As winter sets in, Russia continues to try to break Ukrainian resolve through brutal attacks on civilians, hospitals and energy infrastructure. Russia will fail.
“Our support will continue for as long as this remarkable country needs to recover.”
Cleverly said most of the infrastructure funding would go to newly liberated areas in southern Ukraine, such as Kherson.
Speaking at a CNN Portugal event this week, Johnson urged the west to heed Ukraine’s call for fixed-wing aircraft to help the country strike back against Iranian-supplied drones hitting its infrastructure .
Aside from meeting most of the Ukrainian political leaders, Cleverly will also visit a refugee center and a school that will 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.