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Watch again: Zelensky and Sunak hold briefing as Ukrainian leader visits UK

Rishi Sunak and Volodymyr Zelensky held a press conference from a British military camp. The president of Ukraine made a surprise trip to the UK on Wednesday and addressed MPs at Westminster Hall earlier in the day. Mr Zelensky thanked the UK for showing “strong British character” and urged the West to send fighter jets to provide his forces with “wings for freedom”. He then had his first audience with King Charles III at Buckingham Palace. “All of you showed your grit and character... strong British character,” Mr Zelensky told MPs on Wednesday. “You didn’t compromise Ukraine... and thus, you didn’t compromise the spirit of these great islands.” Following the Ukrainian president's address, Downing Street confirmed that Mr Sunak has asked the defence secretary to investigate what jets the UK could potentially give to the embattled country. The prime minister has also announced plans to train Ukrainian pilots, paving the way for them to eventually be able to fly Nato-standard jets. Watch more from Independent TV: Click here to subscribe to The Independent: About The Independent: Making Change Happen. The Independent is the world’s most free-thinking newsbrand, providing global news, commentary and analysis for the independently-minded. Connect with The Independent: Check out our full video catalog: Videos, daily editorial and more: Click here to get the best of The Independent daily: Like The Independent on Facebook: Follow The Independent on Twitter: Follow The Independent on Instagram: Download the iOS & Android app: Help to support truly independent journalism. Every dollar you contribute will directly fund additional special reports and investigations from a free-thinking, award-winning newsroom you can trust - Subscribe to Independent Premium for exclusive content & live events:
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