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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (centre, right) and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (centre, left) walk on the square near St Mikhailovsky Cathedral in Kyiv, on June 17, 2022.


Britain’s Johnson meets Ukraine’s Zelensky in Kyiv

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson offered to launch a military training programme for Ukrainian forces on Friday as he met President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv on his second trip to the Ukrainian capital since Russia’s invasion.

Johnson, who survived a no confidence vote earlier this month, was greeted by Zelensky as a “great friend” and posted a picture of himself with the Ukrainian president, with the words “Mr President, Volodymyr, It is good to be in Kyiv again”.

Johnson offered to launch a major training operation for Ukrainian forces, with the potential to train up to 10,000 soldiers every 120 days at the meeting, his office said.

The unannounced trip was Johnson’s latest show of support for Zelensky since Russia invaded Ukraine in February but might have come at the expense of his own lawmakers.


Macron’s awkward Zelensky moment becomes Internet meme

An awkward-looking exchange between French President Emmanuel Macron and Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky that was captured on camera in Kyiv drew commentary and mockery online on Friday, with some seeing deep meaning behind the body language.

The image, taken by AFP photographer Ludovic Marin, appeared on newspaper frontpages and quickly became a meme on social media in Ukraine and beyond.

It was taken at the end of a joint news conference on Thursday where Zelensky appeared alongside Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Premier Mario Draghi and Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.


Hackers crash Internet as ‘Russian Davos’ adjusts to new reality

British singer and songwriter Kate Bush topped the UK singles chart with her 1985 hit Running Up That Hill on Friday, setting several records with the song that has enjoyed a resurgence thanks to Netflix show Stranger Things.

Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) peaked at No. 3 upon its original release but has found a new fan base among a younger generation in the latest season of the 1980s-set show about supernatural horrors in the fictional Indiana town of Hawkins.

The song, from Bush’s album Hounds Of Love, has performed well in music charts in several countries, including the United States, since the first volume of Stranger Things season four episodes premiered on Netflix in late May.


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