Independence Day of Ukraine: Boris Johnson in surprise visit to Kiyv


Ukrainian Independence Day marked by multiple messages of support in Europe. A rally took place on the Grand Place in Brussels in the presence of the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. Western leaders recalled their unanimous support for the Ukrainians in the face of the Russian invasion.

This Wednesday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson even made a surprise visit to Kiyv with a message: "Ukraine can and will win this war.

"This is the third time Boris Johnson is in Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion. Not every country is lucky enough to have such a friend," said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky upon receiving him. 

Polish President Andrzej Duda came to the Ukrainian capital on Tuesday, the day before the anniversary.

"Europe united in freedom and democracy is much stronger than the retrograde imperialism of Russia. Dear Ukrainians, your country will chase away the shadow of war because it is strong and courageous, because it has friends in Europe and in the whole world. We are proud to be your friends today and in our common future, "Glory to Ukraine", Slava Ukraini", said the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Pope Francis once again denounced "the madness of war", with a thought for "Ukrainian and Russian children orphaned".

Finally, the head of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg stressed that the alliance was ready to support Ukraine in the long term, calling on its members to invest more in their defense.

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