Rishi Sunak told Volodymyr Zelensky that he was “inspired” by the “courage” of Ukrainian troops when he met them in the UK last week. The two leaders, who spoke this afternoon, discussed the situation in Ukraine. The Prime Minister told Mr Zelensky he is focused on ensuring the UK’s defensive military equipment reached the front line as quickly as possible, noting that Ukrainian soldiers have already begun training on Challenger 2 tanks in the UK this week.

A spokesperson for the PM said both leaders are in agreement that it is “vital” for international partners to “accelerate their assistance to Ukraine” as part of an attempt to “seize the opportunity to push Russian forces back”.

The two leaders are said to be in agreement that the “greatest weapon in Ukraine’s arsenal” is the “collective international unity in support of Ukraine“.

After meeting troops in the UK last week, Mr Sunak’s spokesperson said he was “inspired by their courage and the stories of their loved ones back home”.

He added that they had paid tribute to President Zelensky’s “strong leadership”.

The spokesperson added: “Discussing the lead up to the one year anniversary of Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, both leaders agreed on the importance of UN partners once again demonstrating their solidarity with Ukraine.”

The two leaders have agreed to “stay in close touch”, the official said.

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