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Boris Johnson in surprise visit to Ukraine to meet President Zelensky and pledges UK backing for ‘as long as it takes’

BORIS Johnson has made a surprise visit to Ukraine the place he met President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The former prime minister advised the Ukrainians the UK would again him “as long as it takes” to defeat Vladimir Putin in the Ukraine war.


Boris Johnson visited the city of BorodiankaCredit score: Reuters
The former PM held talks with President Zelensky


The previous PM held talks with President ZelenskyCredit score: AFP
The pair were seen meeting in the capital Kyiv


The pair have been seen assembly in the capital KyivCredit score: AFP
Mr Johnson was pictured in Ukraine this morning


Mr Johnson was pictured in Ukraine this morningCredit score: Reuters

He was noticed in the city of Bucha, the place a mass grave stuffed with a whole bunch of victims of a Russian bloodbath was unearthed final yr.

Mr Johnson was additionally seen in the Ukrainian metropolis of Borodianka and different suburbs in Kyiv.

“I can inform you that the UK might be sticking by Ukraine for as long as it takes,” he advised 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 might be there for the long-term.

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“And we will even need to be serving to you to reconstruct.”

Mr Johnson was then seen assembly President Zelensky and the pair warmly shook palms earlier than holding face-to-face talks.

The ex-PM mentioned in an announcement: “It’s a privilege to visit Ukraine on the invitation of President Zelensky.

“The struggling of the folks of Ukraine has gone on for too long.

“The one manner to finish this battle is for Ukraine to win – and to win as quick as potential.

“That is the second to double down and to give the Ukrainians all of the instruments they want to end the job.

“The earlier Putin fails, the higher for Ukraine and for the entire world.”

A spokesperson for Mr Johnson added that he totally helps UK Authorities coverage on Ukraine, together with the current resolution to ship Challenger 2 tanks.

“His visit demonstrates solidarity with the folks of Ukraine, “they mentioned.

Mr Johnson’s visit 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 “large honour” earlier than including: “There isn’t a doubt in thoughts in any respect that Putin has made a catastrophic mistake.

“The one factor that we associates 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 an announcement that Rishi Sunak is “all the time supportive of all colleagues displaying that the UK is behind Ukraine and will proceed to help them”.

A powerful supporter of the Ukrainian President, Johnson was planning his visit in the previous few weeks.

Earlier this month a buddy of Johnson’s advised the Times that he would go to Ukraine “imminently”.

Mr Johnson’s visit to Ukraine goals to stress the West to proceed their navy help to the war-torn nation.

The UK introduced plans to present 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 due to their rifled 120mm foremost gun.

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The ex-PM’s visit to Ukraine comes as he’s going through questions over his funds over claims a former advisor helped him get an £800,000 loan – earlier than being made BBC chairman.

The referral has been made by the Labour Party over what it known as a “quagmire of sleaze” – nonetheless the ex-Prime Minister has strongly refuted the claims.

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