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Boris Johnson Makes Second Surprise Visit to Meet Zelenskiy in Kyiv

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, left, and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a meeting in Kyiv on June 17. 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, left, and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a meeting in Kyiv on June 17. 

Source: Ukrainian Presidential Press Office/AP

Boris Johnson made his second surprise visit to Kyiv since Russia invaded Ukraine, telling President Volodymyr Zelenskiy the UK is offering to train as many as 10,000 soldiers every 120 days -- a program the British prime minister said could “change the equation” in the war.

The secret trip a day after European leaders also traveled to meet Zelenskiy, caught members of Johnson’s Conservative Party off guard. They had expected him to address a meeting of lawmakers in northern England, close to where the Tories face a key parliamentary special election next week.