BORIS Johnson has made a shock go to to Ukraine the place he met President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The previous prime minister informed the Ukrainians the UK would again him “so long as it takes” to defeat Vladimir Putin within the Ukraine battle.
Boris Johnson visited the city of BorodiankaCredit: Reuters
The previous PM held talks with President ZelenskyCredit: AFP
The pair had been seen assembly within the capital KyivCredit: AFP
Mr Johnson was pictured in Ukraine this morningCredit: Reuters
He was noticed within the city of Bucha, the place a mass grave crammed with tons of of victims of a Russian bloodbath was unearthed final yr.
Mr Johnson was additionally seen within the Ukrainian metropolis of Borodianka and different suburbs in Kyiv.
“I can inform you that the UK can be sticking by Ukraine for so long as it takes,” he informed the mayor of Bucha.
“You are going to win and you are going to get all of the Russians out of your nation, however we can be there for the long-term.
“And we can even need to be serving to you to reconstruct.”
Mr Johnson was then seen assembly President Zelensky and the pair warmly shook fingers earlier than holding face-to-face talks.
The ex-PM mentioned in a press release: “It’s a privilege to go to Ukraine on the invitation of President Zelensky.
“The struggling of the individuals of Ukraine has gone on for too lengthy.
“The one solution to finish this battle is for Ukraine to win – and to win as quick as doable.
“That is the second to double down and to provide the Ukrainians all of the instruments they should end the job.
“The earlier Putin fails, the higher for Ukraine and for the entire world.”
A spokesperson for Mr Johnson added that he absolutely helps UK Authorities coverage on Ukraine, together with the latest determination to ship Challenger 2 tanks.
“His go to demonstrates solidarity with the individuals of Ukraine, “they mentioned.
Mr Johnson’s go to comes simply days after he was named an honorary “Citizen of Kyiv.”
The previous PM acquired the honorary medal throughout a World Financial Discussion board assembly in Davos.
He mentioned it was a “big honour” earlier than including: “There is no such thing as a doubt in thoughts in any respect that Putin has made a catastrophic mistake.
“The one factor that we pals of Ukraine have gotten to do is proceed our help for Ukraine, with tanks, with planes, with no matter it takes till Ukraine wins.”
The Prime Minister’s workplace mentioned in a press release that Rishi Sunak is “all the time supportive of all colleagues exhibiting that the UK is behind Ukraine and can proceed to help them”.
A powerful supporter of the Ukrainian President, Johnson was planning his go to up to now few weeks.
Earlier this month a buddy of Johnson’s informed the Occasions that he would go to Ukraine “imminently”.
Mr Johnson’s go to to Ukraine goals to stress the West to proceed their army help to the war-torn nation.
The UK introduced plans to supply Ukraine with British military Challenger 2 battle tanks forward of a spring offensive to push again the Russian military.
Lethal Challenger 2s have the longest vary of any Nato tanks on account of their rifled 120mm essential gun.
The ex-PM’s go to to Ukraine comes as he’s dealing with questions over his funds over claims a former advisor helped him get an £800,000 mortgage – earlier than being made BBC chairman.
The referral has been made by the Labour Social gathering over what it known as a “quagmire of sleaze” – nonetheless the ex-Prime Minister has strongly refuted the claims.