Boris Johnson makes surprise visit to war-torn Ukraine to meet with President Zelenskyy, pledge help

Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid a shock go to to Ukraine Sunday the place he met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and pledged his nation’s assist in its warfare in opposition to Russia. 

Boris, who was prime minister when Russia invaded Ukraine in late February 2022, mentioned the U.Ok. “will probably be sticking with Ukraine for so long as it takes.” 

On this picture supplied by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Workplace, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, proper, and former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson discuss throughout their assembly in Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. 
(Ukrainian Presidential Press Workplace through AP)

“You’re going to win and also you’re going to get all of the Russians out of your nation, however we will probably be there for the long-term,” Johnson mentioned. “And we can even need to be serving to you to reconstruct.” 

Throughout his journey, the previous prime minister visited Borodyanka and Bucha, the suburbs of the Ukrainian capital that has witnessed a few of the most horrific atrocities of the warfare. 

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Kyiv regional governor Oleksiy Kuleba advised Johnson that greater than 160 residents had been killed in Borodyanka in the course of the month-long Russian occupation of the city final yr, although some 60% of residents have since returned. 

In Kyiv, President Zelenskyy and high officers, together with the overseas minister, who lined as much as personally welcome the previous British Prime Minister. 

In this image provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, left, and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, walk after their meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, June 17, 2022. 

On this picture supplied by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Workplace, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, left, and Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, stroll after their assembly in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, June 17, 2022. 
(Ukrainian Presidential Press Workplace through AP)

Whereas in workplace, Johnson sought to place London as certainly one of Kyiv’s high allies within the West. He incessantly visited Kyiv and referred to as Zelenskyy incessantly. 

In the meantime, Ukraine’s supporters pledged billions of {dollars} in navy support to Ukraine throughout a gathering at Ramstein Air Base in Germany on Friday. Worldwide protection leaders mentioned Ukraine’s pressing request for the Leopard 2 tanks, and the failure to work out an settlement overshadowed the brand new commitments.

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“That is the second to double down and to offer the Ukrainians all of the instruments they should end the job. The earlier Putin fails, the higher for Ukraine and for the entire world,” Johnson mentioned in an announcement.

Emergency workers clear the rubble after a Russian rocket hit a multistory building, leaving many people under debris, in the southeastern city of Dnipro, Ukraine, on Saturday, Jan. 14.

Emergency staff clear the rubble after a Russian rocket hit a multistory constructing, leaving many individuals beneath particles, within the southeastern metropolis of Dnipro, Ukraine, on Saturday, Jan. 14.
(AP/Evgeniy Maloletka)

The final week was particularly tragic for Ukraine even by the requirements of a brutal warfare that has gone on for almost a yr, killing tens of hundreds of individuals, uprooting thousands and thousands extra and creating huge destruction of Ukrainian cities.

A barrage of Russian missiles struck an condominium advanced within the southeastern metropolis of Dnipro on Jan. 14, killing a minimum of 45 civilians. On Wednesday, a authorities helicopter crashed right into a constructing housing a kindergarten in a suburb of Kyiv. Ukraine’s inside minister, different officers and a baby on the bottom had been among the many 14 individuals killed.

Zelenskyy vowed Sunday that Ukraine would finally prevail within the warfare.

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“We’re united as a result of we’re sturdy. We’re sturdy as a result of we’re united,” the Ukrainian chief mentioned in a video handle as he marked Ukraine Unity Day, which commemorates when east and west Ukraine had been united in 1919.

The Related Press contributed to this report.