Uganda’s top opposition leader Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine, has visited Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, in a show of support for the country that is facing aggression from Russia.
Bobi Wine, who is the leader of National Unity Platform, Uganda’s biggest opposition party with majority MPs in Parliament, said it is time for the democrats to stand together against dictatorship.
“In Kyiv-Ukraine to express solidarity with the Ukranian people and leadership against Russia’s war of aggression and occupation. If the dictators stand by each other, the democrats should stand by each other too. It’s dangerous but noble,” he tweeted on Tuesday, 13 September 2022.
It is not immediately clear whether Bobi Wine met Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Details of Bobi Wine’s visit were still scanty by press time.
This comes as Ukrainian forces claim to have to seized even more territory from Russia as they continue their counter-offensive.
President Zelensky is quoted by BBC as saying that his troops have now retaken more than 6,000 sq km (2,317 sq miles) from Russian control in September, in the east and the south.
According to BBC, Russia has admitted losing key cities in the north-eastern Kharkiv region, in what is seen by some military experts as a potential breakthrough in the war.
Moscow describes its troop withdrawal from the region in recent days as a “regrouping” with the aim of focusing on the Luhansk and Donetsk regions in Ukraine’s east.
That claim has been ridiculed even in Russia, with many social media users there describing the stated pull-out as “shameful”.
Speaking later on Monday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Ukrainian forces had made “significant progress” in their counter-offensive, but added that it was too early to predict the outcome.
“The Russians maintain very significant forces in Ukraine as well as equipment and arms and munitions. They continue to use it indiscriminately against not just the Ukrainian armed forces but civilians and civilian infrastructure as we’ve seen,” Mr Blinken said.