Truss speaks with Zelenskyy in first phone call with foreign leader

Britain's new Prime Minister Liz Truss has reiterated her country's support for Ukraine's freedom and democracy in her first phone call with a foreign leader since taking office.

The Prime Minister's Office said in a statement that Truss spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Tuesday.

The leaders discussed measures needed to cut off the funds Russia is using to pay for the war.

They criticized attempts by Russian President Vladimir Putin to weaponize energy. Truss underscored the importance of ensuring that the UK and its allies continue to build energy independence.

The statement said Truss was "delighted" to accept an invitation to visit Zelenskyy in Ukraine soon.

Britain is the second-largest supplier of military and economic assistance to Ukraine after the United States. Truss, who took a hardline stance against Russia as foreign minister, has signaled that support will continue -- along with diplomatic solidarity.