Johnson says UK military assistance should ‘expel Russia from Ukraine’
Speaking at a joint news conference in Kyiv with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy yesterday, Boris Johnson has pledged his continued support for Ukraine.
“We will continue, as we have from the beginning, to provide the military equipment you need – and now, of course, the training that may be necessary to go with that new equipment – so that you, the Ukrainian people, the Ukrainian armed forces, will be able to do what I believe Ukrainians yearn to do, and that is to expel the aggressor from Ukraine,” Johnson said.
“That will be the moment for talks about the future of Ukraine and it will be in that context of a free Ukraine that we and other countries will be making the security commitments and guarantees we have discussed so often.”
He said there is “evidence” Russian troops are under “acute pressure” and are taking “heavy casualties”.
“Their expenditure of munitions – of shells and other weaponry – is colossal. After 114 days of attack on Ukraine, they have still not achieved the objectives they set out for the first week,” he said.
“We are here once again to underline that we are with you to give you the strategic endurance that you will need and we are going to help to continue to intensify the sanctions on Putin’s regime.”