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UK sends £300m more in military aid to Ukraine as PM set to praise country's 'finest hour'

Boris Johnson, the first world leader to address Ukraine’s parliament since February’s outbreak of war, will speak Tuesday.

The prime minister will give a recorded address in which he will praise Ukraine’s resistance to tyranny, and announce a new PS300m package for military aid to help the country defend itself against Russia.

The prime minister will address the Verkhovna Rada Tuesday and is expected to praise Ukraine’s “finest hour” as well as to emphasize that the UK is proud to be “among their friends”.

His remarks will be broadcast during the reopening of the British Embassy in Kyiv as a display of support to Ukraine.

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“Epic chapter in the national story”

Johnson will likely say the following: “When my country faced invasion threat during the Second World War our parliament – just like yours- continued to meet through the conflict and the British people showed such unity, resolve, that we will always remember our greatest hour as our worst.”

He will say: “This is Ukraine’s finest hour, an epic Chapter in your national story that will remain with you for generations.”

“Your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will tell you that Ukrainians taught the world the brute force of an enemy is not the same as the moral force of a people who are determined to be free.”

Image Boris Johnson traveled to Kyiv last month to meet Volodymyrzelenskyy


Key developments:

* Germany Not against Russian oil ban as EU considers latest sanctions

* Evacuation has been delayed of civilians who were rescued from Mariupol.

* Ukraine claims Russian forces are “moving their dead at nights” to hide the death toll

* Israel denounces Russia’s foreign minister after he claimed Hitler “had Jewish blood”.

* Russian bid to host 2028 men’s Euros has been rejected

The PS300m military assistance package will include electronic warfare gear, counter-battery radar systems, GPS jamming devices, and thousands of night vision equipment.

In the next weeks, the UK will send more than 12 new Toyota Landcruisers to eastern Ukraine in order to protect civilian officials and evacuate civilians from frontline zones.

This is in response to a request by the Ukrainian government.

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“We will fight to protect our land”

Volodymyr Zelenskyy (the Ukrainian president), addressed British MPs via videolink in March, on the 13th of the war.

He demanded more arms from the UK and repeatedly called for a no fly zone in Ukraine.

“We will not give in and we will never lose,” President Zelenskyy stated to MPs during the historic address, which echoed Winston Churchill’s famous wartime address.

“We will fight to the end, at sea and in the air. We will fight for our land no matter what the cost.

“We will fight in forests, on the beaches, and in the streets.

Following his surprise visit to Kyiv last month to meet Mr Zelenskyy, Mr Johnson addressed the crowd. He praised his “resolute leadership” and his “invincible heroism”.

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