Boris Johnson Returns to Visit Zelensky in Kyiv

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday, June 17, marking his second visit to Kyiv since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began.

“Many days of this war have proved that Great Britain’s support for Ukraine is firm and resolute,” said Zelensky when he posted the video on Facebook.

Johnson’s last visit to Ukraine was in April, when he was the first G7 leader to visit Ukraine as an expression of wartime solidarity. His second surprise visit came a day after leaders of France, Italy, Germany, and Romania also traveled to Kyiv to meet with Zelensky.

“It is good to be in Kyiv again,” wrote Johnson on Twitter alongside a picture of the two leaders outside the Mariyinsky Palace in Kyiv. Credit: Volodymyr Zelensky via Storyful

Video transcript

[NON-ENGLISH CHATTER]

BORIS JOHNSON: Thank you. Thank you. Hello.

VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY: Hi, Boris.

BORIS JOHNSON: Mr. President. Volodymyr.

VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY: Nice to meet you.

BORIS JOHNSON: Lovely to see you.

VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY: Very nice.

BORIS JOHNSON: How are you?

VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY: Thank you so much.

BORIS JOHNSON: Good to see you, how are you doing?

VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY: Thank you so much. How are you?

BORIS JOHNSON: Oh yes, all good. All good. But thank you. Good?

- Just lovely. Great, thank you.

VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY: This way.

BORIS JOHNSON: Thank you. I'm glad we've arrived here.

VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY: Here, down this way.

BORIS JOHNSON: Ah.

VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY: [? Thanks again, ?] but just repeating it.

[INDISTINCT CHATTER]

- Handshake?

BORIS JOHNSON: And we're [? going to help you, ?] it's fine.

VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY: Yeah.

BORIS JOHNSON: But I think we have also, quite a bit ahead. Well, it's strong. How are you? Nice to see you again. Nice to see you.

- Nice to see you, sir.

BORIS JOHNSON: Very, very good to see.

- Nice to see you.

BORIS JOHNSON: Be well. Are we going to go here?

VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY: This is the appellary. You understand.

BORIS JOHNSON: Of course.

VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY: Thank you so much.

BORIS JOHNSON: My pleasure, my pleasure. Because you need.

VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY: Thank you so much.

BORIS JOHNSON: Excellent. --break the law, actually-- I mean, yeah, because--

VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY: Yeah. Again we, we-- we face--

BORIS JOHNSON: Again, please.

VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY: --important.

BORIS JOHNSON: Yes.

VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY: But not too--

BORIS JOHNSON: Yeah, more. More than-- more than them. I think that was here in April.

VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY: That's possible. We want to live.

BORIS JOHNSON: We will-- we'll be with you.

VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY: Ah.

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