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Boris Johnson promises additional military aid in call to Volodymyr Zelensky

Boris Johnson has promised to present additional military aid to Ukraine as President Volodymyr Zelensky instructed him what was wanted to defend his nation in opposition to Russian forces.

In a call on Saturday afternoon, the Prime Minister supplied Mr Zelensky the UK’s “continued economic and humanitarian support”, a Downing Street spokesperson mentioned.

Mr Johnson is alleged to have instructed the Ukrainian President that he’s “more committed than ever to reinforcing Ukraine and ensuring Putin fails”.

Britain is without doubt one of the largest suppliers in Europe of arms to Ukraine, having already despatched greater than 5,000 anti-tank missiles, 1,360 anti-structure munitions, 5 air defence techniques with greater than 100 missiles, and 4.5 tonnes of plastic explosives, in accordance to the Ministry of Defence.

Ukrainian forces have additionally been utilizing Starstreak high-velocity and low-velocity anti-air missiles provided by the UK.

Following the call between Mr Johnson and Mr Zelensky, a Downing Street spokesperson mentioned: “The Prime Minister spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky today, as part of their regular dialogue.

“President Zelensky updated on the fierce fighting in Eastern Ukraine and ongoing siege of Mariupol. He set out the equipment needed for the defence of Ukraine.

Mr Johnson visited Kyiv on April 9 (Ukraine Government/PA)

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“The Prime Minister reiterated that he is more committed than ever to reinforcing Ukraine and ensuring Putin fails, noting how hard the Ukrainians are fighting for their freedom.

“He confirmed that the UK will continue to provide additional military aid to give the Ukrainians the equipment they needed to defend themselves.

“The leaders also discussed progress of the UN-led effort to evacuate Mariupol and concern for the injured there. The Prime Minister offered the UK’s continued economic and humanitarian support.

“The Prime Minister and President Zelensky agreed to remain in close contact on next steps, in coordination with international allies and partners.”

Mr Johnson has pledged continued assist (Ukraine Government/PA)

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President Zelensky tweeted: “I keep in touch with @BorisJohnson. Spoke about the situation on the battlefield and in the blocked Mariupol.

“Discussed defensive support for Ukraine and the necessary diplomatic efforts to achieve peace.”

Meanwhile, the Foreign Office is investigating stories {that a} British nationwide has been detained by Russia after a video emerged exhibiting a person in camouflage garments being questioned.

In the video, reportedly proven on Russian tv, the person seems to give his title as Andrew Hill.

He speaks with an English accent, has his arm in a sling, a bandage round his head, and blood will be seen on his hand.

The video, which has not been verified, has been shared on-line.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) is investigating the stories and in addition supporting members of the family.

The FCDO condemns the exploitation of prisoners of conflict for political functions and requires anybody detained to be handled humanely in accordance with the necessities of worldwide humanitarian regulation.

Two different British males, mentioned to be working as humanitarian aid volunteers, are additionally believed to have been detained in Ukraine by Russian forces.

The Presidium Network, a non-profit group, mentioned mentioned Paul Urey and Dylan Healey have been captured early on Monday morning at a checkpoint south of the town of Zaporizhzhia in south-eastern Ukraine.

Mr Urey, who was born in 1977 and is from Manchester, and Mr Healey, born in 2000 and from Cambridgeshire, travelled to Ukraine of their very own accord, the organisation mentioned.

They weren’t working for the Presidium Network, which helps to get aid into Kyiv.

Paul Urey (Presidium Network/PA)

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The organisation mentioned the pair have been driving to assist a lady and two youngsters to evacuate once they went lacking.

Presidium Network mentioned it’s involved Russian forces might imagine the 2 males are British spies.

The Foreign Office mentioned it was urgently searching for extra info following stories of British nationals being detained in Ukraine.

In an intelligence replace on Saturday morning, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in the UK mentioned Russia faces “considerable challenges” and troops are doubtless to be affected by “weakened morale”.

Posting on Twitter, the MoD mentioned: “Russia hopes to rectify issues that have previously constrained its invasion by geographically concentrating combat power, shortening supply lines and simplifying command and control.

“Russia still faces considerable challenges. It has been forced to merge and redeploy depleted and disparate units from the failed advances in north-east Ukraine.

“Many of these units are likely suffering from weakened morale.

“Shortcomings in Russian tactical co-ordination remain. A lack of unit-level skills and inconsistent air support have left Russia unable to fully leverage its combat mass, despite localised improvements.”

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