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How did Boris Johnson get to Kyiv? PM took secret train trip into Ukraine

New particulars have emerged of Boris Johnson’s secret journey to Ukraine, the place he held shock talks and walked across the streets of Kyiv with president Volodymyr Zelensky.

Video and photographs have emerged displaying Mr Johnson travelling on a train from Poland into Ukraine forward of Saturday’s meeting.

In the clip shared by Ukrainian Railways on-line, the PM mentioned: “I am travelling on a fantastic train through to Kyiv from Poland – I just want to say a massive thank you to all the staff of Ukrainian Railways for what you’re doing.”

Mr Johnson added: “I gathered you’re called the iron people … I think it also reflects the sprit you’re showing and the spirit of Ukraine in standing up to the appalling aggression we’re seeing. We in the UK stand in sympathy and solidarity with you.”

In a press release on the Ukrainian Railways web site, the service praised the “iron character” of the prime minister and thanked him for his “courage and support”.

The UK authorities pledged 120 armoured autos in addition to new anti-ship missile programs, with the PM promising that the gear would assist make sure the nation “can never be bullied again”.

Appearing alongside Mr Zelensky, Mr Johnson mentioned: “I think that the Ukrainians have shown the courage of a lion, and you Volodymyr have given the roar of that lion,” he mentioned.

Downing Street had declined to focus on particulars of Mr Johnson’s journey to Kyiv, or his stroll by means of the streets, citing safety causes.

His go to nonetheless coincided with the arrival of Austrian chancellor Karl Nehammer, who additionally held talks with Mr Zelensky, whereas EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen was within the metropolis on Friday.

Zelensky’s chief diplomatic adviser mentioned it was “very important” for Ukrainians to see leaders like Mr Johnson come to their homeland – saying “every visit, every phone call, every act of support counts and brings us to victory”

Igor Zhovkva advised Sunday Morning on BBC One: “It might be a surprise for you but it is not a surprise for us. We were preparing for a while. This visit was very timely and very important in terms of war.”

The adviser urged that extra western leaders had been anticipated subsequent week, with Mr Zelensky is decided to meet leaders within the capital.

Boris Johnson walks Kyiv streets with Zelensky

Meanwhile, Home Office minister Kit Malthouse mentioned Britain might impose sanctions on Russian troops and generals suspected of committing struggle crimes in Ukraine.

Mr Malthouse advised Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme that it was necessary that proof of atrocities was gathered as “assiduously as possible”.

He mentioned: “While that is ongoing we can take action domestically around sanctions we are able to put on individuals, including combatants, leading generals and others involved in it, to signal our recognition of their part in this dreadful, dreadful assault.”

Mr Malthouse mentioned Mr Johnson’s walkabout with president Zelensky by means of the streets of Kyiv on Saturday had been “quite a remarkable moment”.

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