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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy arrives in UK for ‘substantive negotiations’ with Rishi Sunak | World News

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has arrived in the UK for “substantive negotiations” with Rishi Sunak.

The Ukrainian president will meet Mr Sunak at Chequers, the prime minister’s country retreat.

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Mr Sunak is expected to announce more military aid to support Ukraine’s war effort, following last week’s confirmation that the UK has donated long-range precision missiles.

He said it was a “crucial moment” in Ukraine’s resistance against Russia’s invasion.

“They need the sustained support of the international community to defend against the barrage of unrelenting and indiscriminate attacks that have been their daily reality for over a year,” he added.

Mr Zelenskyy tweeted ahead of his arrival, describing the UK as a “leader” when it comes to Ukraine expanding its capabilities on the ground and in the air.

It comes as Mr Zelenskyy embarks on a multi-stop European tour for more support from allies, as Kyiv prepares for its counteroffensive against Russian forces.

On Saturday, the German government promised Kyiv its biggest military support package so far, with further arms deliveries worth €2.7bn (£2.35bn).

France also pledged further military aid, as French president Emmanuel Macron and Mr Zelenskyy met in a surprise summit in Paris on Sunday.

Mr Macron’s office said France will supply dozens of light tanks and armoured vehicles “in the weeks ahead”, without giving specific numbers.

Fierce fighting in Ukraine’s eastern city of Bakhmut, which has inflicted heavy losses on both sides, continues.

Neither Kyiv nor Moscow’s forces have been able to take full control of the city despite months of fighting, as analysis suggesting the battle for the city is not about seizing ground but maximising enemy casualties.

Mr Zelenskyy has said his troops would not attack Russian territory as part of their counteroffensive.

This story originally appeared on Skynews

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