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UK foreign minister to pledge further winter support on Ukraine visit

British foreign minister James Cleverly will pledge millions of pounds in further support for Kyiv during a visit to Ukraine to ensure the country has the practical help it needs through the winter, his office said.

November 25, 2022
25 November 2022

LONDON, Nov 25 (Reuters) – British foreign minister
James Cleverly will pledge millions of pounds in further support
for Kyiv during a visit to Ukraine to ensure the country has the
practical help it needs through the winter, his office said.

Cleverly, who is set to meet President Volodymyr Zelenskiy
and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on the trip, also condemned
Russia for its “brutal attacks” on civilians, hospitals and
energy infrastructure.

A statement from his office issued early on Friday said
Cleverly had travelled to Ukraine, which this week suffered the
most devastating Russian air strikes on its energy
infrastructure so far in the months-long war.

“The UK stands shoulder to shoulder with Ukraine,” said
Cleverly, as he set out 3 million pounds to help rebuild vital
infrastructure and committed another 5 million for a Ukraine-led
initiative to ship grain to countries at risk of famine.

“I’ve seen here first-hand how the UK’s efforts are helping
brave citizens to resist and rebuild. Our support will continue
for as long as it takes for this remarkable country to recover,”
he added.

Cleverly’s trip to the European country comes just days
after new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak made his first visit to
Kyiv during which he vowed to continue the firm support for
Ukraine that Britain provided under his predecessors.
(Reporting by Muvija M, Editing by William Maclean)

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