Zelenskyy Welcomed by Sunak in London
May 15, 2023, 2022 (EIRNS)—Ukrainian President Zelenskyy is in London following his visits to Italy, Germany and France. His two-hour meeting with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak landed a new arms deal, on top of the Storm Shadow cruise missiles delivered last week, which have already “succeeded” in killing a number of civilians in Lugansk, a Donbass city which was not reachable until the new British long-range missiles arrived.
The new deal includes hundreds of air defense missiles and armed, long-range drones that can go 200 km. Sunak was quoted saying: “The conflict is at a pivotal moment. The U.K. will remain steadfast in supporting Ukraine and its people to defend itself ... it is important for the Kremlin to also know that we are not going away. We are here for the long term.”
BBC proudly writes: “The move means the U.K. is going further than any other country in providing weapons with the potential to tip the battlefield in Ukraine’s favor.” Zelenskyy, of course, said it wasn’t enough, that they need fighter jets. While the U.K. has not agreed to send the jets, BBC notes that “No. 10 [Downing Street] said elementary training for Ukrainian pilots would begin this summer, along with British efforts to work with other countries on providing F-16 jets to Ukraine.”
Zelenskyy was granted over €3 billion in Leopard tanks and anti-aircraft systems from Germany last week, and also a pledge of more arms from France.