Rishi Sunak has promised to spearhead a “jet coalition” to secure aircraft for Ukraine and pledged “hundreds” of air-defence missiles and long-range attack drones to Kyiv’s war effort.

Sunak made the remarks at his country residence, Chequers, where he hosted President Volodymyr Zelensky for a surprise visit. Sunak said the UK was “steadfast” in its support for Ukraine, telling Russia: “We’re not going away”.

However, Zelensky dropped his request for British fighter jets, making clear that he was focussing on American F-16s instead, amid reluctance from the UK to commit its own aircraft.