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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Foreign Minister Josep Borrell were due to leave Tuesday afternoon for the Ukrainian capital. Prime Minister Boris Johnson would have liked to go to kyiv, but was not invited.

Sky News correspondent Sam Coates said in a tweet: “Boris Johnson wanted to go to Kyiv and see [Ukrainian president Volodymyr] Zelensky but there was no invitation.

“Now the EU chiefs are going (and I wonder if that kinda incentivizes a No 10 run to get BJ there).”

Conservative Party chairman Oliver Dowden told LBC in March: “I think the Prime Minister is desperate to go to Ukraine and has felt throughout this conflict a real – as the British people have – a real emotional connection to the suffering of the Ukrainian people.

“To experience what is happening there, to see what is happening to people on the ground, I think it is very different from just talking from a distance.

Mr Johnson has spoken to Mr Zelensky several times since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, but the Prime Minister has yet to visit the war-torn country.

Twitter users rushed to the Prime Minister’s defense on Tuesday, with one user saying: ‘Zelensky invites those who aren’t doing enough to show them why they should. It makes sense that European leaders are invited rather than Johnson .”

Another Twitter user, clarescastle, added: “EU leaders and some member countries need to be persuaded to help more. Our Prime Minister is not doing that.”

And RorkesXDrift tweeted, “No invitation needed as we are at the forefront of helping Zelensky and he has said so publicly.”

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He added: “We are aware of the Ukrainians’ requests for equipment to defend against the ships and we are looking at what we can do.”

The measures announced in March include 6,000 missiles and £25million in financial support for the Ukrainian military.

The prime minister was accused by the Kremlin last month of being the most active anti-Russian leader.

Downing Street countered that the Prime Minister was “among the most active anti-Putin leaders”. It came as he rallied allies at a NATO summit in Brussels to provide more military assistance to Ukraine.

The European Commission announced in March its intention to double EU military aid to Ukraine, allocating an additional £600 million (€500 million) to it.

French European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune said the EU would most likely adopt a new round of sanctions against Russia on Wednesday after reports of civilian killings in northern Ukraine by Russian troops.

Russia denies any charges related to the killing of civilians, including Bucha. Moscow’s envoy to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzya, said Russia would present empirical evidence to the UN Security Council on Tuesday showing that its forces were not involved in atrocities.

Mr Zelensky is due to address a meeting of the United Nations Security Council called by Britain on Tuesday.

The UK, which now chairs the council, said it wanted to discuss the growing evidence of war crimes and would push for justice.

Evidence apparently showing that Putin’s soldiers are deliberately killing civilians has emerged as the Russian leader withdraws his struggling troops from around kyiv.

Mr Zelensky warned that worse evidence of Moscow’s massacres of civilians would emerge as the Russian president repositions his troops in the southeast.

Russia denies targeting civilians.

Christi C. Elwood