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Zelensky Meets UK Prime Minister During First Visit Since Russian Invasion

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrived in the UK on February 8 for his first visit to the country since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

He was greeted upon arrival in Stansted Airport by UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

In an address to the UK parliament, Zelensky urged the UK to send warplanes to Ukraine. “Two years ago, I left parliament thanking you for the delicious English tea,” he said. “Today I will leave parliament thanking all of you in advance for powerful English planes.”

Zelensky later met King Charles at Buckingham Palace. Credit: UK Prime Minister via Storyful

Video transcript

- Great pleasure to welcome my friend President Zelenskyy to the UK. We've had a good chat already. We've got lots to discuss over the course of this day about how we can continue to support Ukraine in their struggle against Russia.

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Great pleasure to welcome my friend President Zelenskyy to the UK. We've had a good channel already. We've got lots to discuss over the course of this day about how we can continue to support Ukraine in their struggle against Russia.

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[APPLAUSE]