Video of Boris Johnson Walking in Kyiv With Zelensky Viewed Over 1.6M Times

A video of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson walking through war-torn Kyiv with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday has been viewed more than 1.6 million times.

Johnson made a surprise visit to Ukraine on Saturday in order to show support and pledge additional financial and military aid to the nation amid Russia's ongoing invasion. In the video, Johnson can be seen waving to civilians while walking alongside Zelensky through Kyiv's downtown streets.

At one point, a Ukrainian man stops Johnson and appears to offer thanks and praise for his efforts. The British leader responded by stating: "It is nice to meet you, and it has been our privilege to help. You have a remarkable president, Mr. Zelensky, who has done an outstanding job. We simply wish to keep supporting the people of Ukraine for as long as it takes."

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A video of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky walking through downtown Kyiv has been viewed over 1 million times. Here, Johnson waves before departing for Ukraine on February 1, 2022. PETER NICHOLLS/POOL/AFP/Getty Images

By Saturday afternoon, the viral video shared by Fox News reporter Lucas Tomlinson had been viewed more than 1.6 million times.

Following a closed-door meeting between the two leaders, Johnson's government said in a statement that Britain will provide 120 armored vehicles as well as new anti-ship missile systems to the Ukrainian military. That military aid comes in addition to £100 million ($130 million) worth of equipment that Johnson pledged to Ukraine on Friday.

Zelensky praised Johnson for coming to the capital city, writing on Facebook Saturday that the British prime minister is "one of the most principled opponents of the Russian invasion, a leader in sanctions pressure on Russia and defense support of Ukraine."

Johnson said in published remarks on Saturday that it is "vital" to continue supplying Ukraine with necessary support as Russia is expected to ramp up its efforts in the country's eastern Donbas region.

"I think that the Ukrainians have shown the courage of a lion, and you Volodymyr have given the roar of that lion," he said. "It's clear—and we discussed this at length—it's clear that [Russian President Vladimir Putin] has suffered a defeat but his retreat is tactical and he is going to intensify the pressure now in Donbas and in the east."

Johnson's visit came amid a wave of European support for Ukraine after Russia carried out a series of violent attacks against citizens. On Friday, a Russian missile struck a train station in the eastern city of Kramatorsk, killing at least 50 civilians.

Days earlier, Russian soldiers massacred and tortured hundreds of Ukrainians near Kyiv. In the town of Bucha, graphic images have emerged showing mass graves and corpses with their hands tied behind their backs. Russian troops have also been accused of raping and torturing women, as well as killing children.

The atrocities have sparked widespread condemnation, with President Joe Biden and other world leaders labeling Russian President Vladimir Putin a "war criminal."

Newsweek has contacted the foreign ministries of both Ukraine and Russia for additional comment.