Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has expressed frustration that “the world is not focused” on the war in Ukraine anymore.
The comments were made this week in Kiev when UK Foreign Minister David Cameron made his first foreign trip since taking office, visiting the beleaguered Ukrainian President amid his country’s ongoing war with Russia.
Zelensky thanked Cameron for coming, saying “It’s very important,” and adding: “Now you know the world is not focused on this situation or on our battlefield in Ukraine.”
“Dividing focus really doesn’t help,” Zelensky said, later going on to say: “We understand that the help of the world can be divided because the crisis in the Middle East and it’s a pity…”
Cameron responded by saying that “We” (meaning Britain) “will continue to give you the moral
support, the diplomatic support, the economic support, but above all, the military support that you need, not just this year, and next year, but for however long it takes.”
He added: “It’s really important to have this meeting, to hear what you most need, to work out how we can work together, how we can get the communications right with all our friends and allies to make sure the attention is here in Ukraine, and I feel this very personally.”
Zelensky went on later to say on social media that the pair had discussed “weapons for the frontline, strengthening air defence, and protecting our people and critical infrastructure.”
“I am grateful to the UK for its support!” he added.
Hosted @David_Cameron on his first visit to Ukraine as Foreign Secretary of the UK.
We had a good meeting focused on weapons for the frontline, strengthening air defense, and protecting our people and critical infrastructure.
I am grateful to the UK for its support!
— Volodymyr Zelenskyy / Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) November 16, 2023