“Every day, Ukrainians are fighting and dying for the entire free world. The least the rest of the world can do is to give our unwavering and unconditional support until the last Russian soldier leaves Ukrainian territory”
British billionaire Richard Branson visited Ukraine on June 29, 2022, and met with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and other government officials.
Branson, the founder of Virgin Galactic, wrote in a letter on his website that he spoke with Zelenskyy, Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kubela, and a group of Ukraine business leaders while also visiting some of the sites Russians have attacked since war broke out in February.
“My main purpose in going to Kyiv was to meet and listen to Ukrainians, to understand their fears and concerns and also to learn what business, in partnership with civil society and governments, can do to support Ukraine most effectively,” he wrote.
Branson also stopped by Hostomel Airport, a short drive from the center of Kyiv that was the scene of early fighting between Russian and Ukraine forces. In Hostomel, he saw the wreckage of the destroyed Antonov AN-225, the “world’s largest transport plane and the pride of Ukrainian aviation.”
“I remain hopeful that Ukraine and its wonderful people will prevail and win this war, taking control of their territory, their sovereignty, and their future path. But more than ever, all of us have to stand together and confront the threat Ukraine and the world face,” Branson summarized.