Kyiv, 20 May 2022 (TDI): The Prime Minister of the UK Boris Johnson, and the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a telephonic conversation.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy informed Boris Johnson about the current state of hostilities and the military rescue operation in Azovstal.

Defense assistance and possibilities to export agricultural goods from Ukraine and import gasoline into Ukraine were discussed in the talk.

Firstly, the topic of discussion was ways to stop Putin’s irresponsible blockade of Black Sea ports.

Putin’s irresponsible blockade caused global economic devastation.

Secondly, they reaffirmed looking at ways to get vital sea and land supply lines

Sea and land supply lines are needed for Ukrainian grain reserves open as soon as possible.

President Zelensky was updated about the support being provided to Ukraine’s defense.

This military aid included long-range artillery, shore-to-ship missiles, and unmanned drones.

Johnson added that this is part of a £1.3 billion package of military funding for Ukraine by the UK and their support is with them.

Thirdly, he said that 50,000 Ukrainians have arrived safely in the UK.

To this, he added that the British Administration is doing everything in its capacity to assist them in settling.

He reaffirmed that their determination is unwavering, with over 100,000 visas awarded through programs and further restrictions placed on Russian airlines.

Lastly, he stated that the British support is with the Ukrainian people, notably the valiant defenders of Mariupol.

Russo-Ukrainian war

It has been more than 85 days since the Russo-Ukrainian war and it started on 24 February 2022.

In a persistent bombardment that keeps increasing the humanitarian situation in this war, Russian soldiers are hammering Ukrainian cities.

After days of the Russian bombing of Mariupol, an estimated 20,000 residents fled the port city via a humanitarian corridor. The path leads west for more than 160 kilometers to Zaporizhzhia, a Ukrainian city.

This conflict has affected the whole world and according to the executive director of the World Food Programme, failing to unlock shuttered ports in Ukraine to get food out will put millions of people on the verge of hunger.

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