President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky held a phone talk with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and informed him about the escalation of the situation in Donbas, the build-up of the Russian military force near the Ukrainian-Russian border and attempts of Russia to disrupt the implementation of Minsk Agreements. The dialogue of the leaders took place during Zelensky’s visit to Qatar as the President’s Office reported.
"Russia's recent actions pose a serious challenge to the security of Ukraine, NATO member states and the whole of Europe," Volodymyr Zelensky underlined.
He urged the UK, together with other states of the Alliance, to enhance its presence in the region and increase the sanctions pressure on Russia.
During the talk between Zelensky and Johnson, special attention was paid to the implementation of the agreements reached during the visit of Ukraine’s president to the UK on October 8-9, 2020, particularly, the development of Ukraine’s Navy.
The leaders of Ukraine and the UK coordinated actions on the implementation of the Euro-Atlantic course of the Ukrainian state. Zelensky noted that receiving of the NATO Membership Action Plan is a top priority of Ukraine as of now – it would facilitate the enhancing of the defense capacity of the country.
Zelensky and Johnson discussed the schedule of bilateral political dialogue for the present year. Ukraine’s president invited Boris Johnson to participate in the inauguration summit of the Crimean platform planned for August 23, 2021, in Kyiv.
On March 26, four servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine died as a result of shelling by illegal armed groups in the Donetsk region. Two others were injured.
As we reported, the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden expressed concern about ‘the escalation of the Russian aggression' in Donbas, where Ukrainian forces fight against militants backed by Russia since 2014.