Boris Johnson has made a surprise go to to Kyiv right this moment – the day after Emmanuel Macron and EU leaders visited Ukraine for the primary time – pledging to stand with Volodymyr Zelensky in opposition to Russia.
The PM is within the Ukrainian capital for the second time since Vladimir Putin invaded following a day of thriller concerning his whereabouts.
Tweeting an image greeting the Ukrainian president this afternoon, Mr Johnson stated: ‘Mr President, Volodymyr, It is nice to be in Kyiv once more.’
A message on Mr Zelensky’s Telegram account additionally learn: ‘Many days of this battle have proved that Great Britain’s assist for Ukraine is agency and resolute. Glad to see our nation’s nice pal Boris Johnson in Kyiv once more.’
A video launched by the Ukrainian authorities additionally confirmed Mr Zelensky warmly greeting the PM with a ‘hello, Boris’ as he arrived on the presidential palace.
The two leaders then walked up a set of stairs whereas conversing earlier than posing for photos and strolling right into a meeting room.
Mr Johnson informed the Ukrainian president that the UK is ready to launch a significant operation to practice Ukrainian armed forces, coaching up to 120,000 troops each 120 days.
Downing Street stated the British-led scheme would practice and drill Ukrainian troops to speed up their deployment, rebuild their forces and enhance their resistance.
In an announcement, the PM added: ‘My go to right this moment, within the depths of this battle, is to ship a transparent and easy message to the Ukrainian individuals: the UK is with you, and we might be with you till you finally prevail,” Mr Johnson said in a statement.
‘As Ukrainian soldiers fire UK missiles in defence of your nation’s sovereignty, they do so also in defence of the very freedoms we take for granted.
‘That is why I have offered president Zelensky a major new military training programme that could change the equation of this war – harnessing that most powerful of forces, the Ukrainian determination to win.
‘Two months on from my last visit, the Ukrainian grit, determination and resilience is stronger than ever, and I know that unbreakable resolve will long outlive the vain ambitions of president Putin.’
Boris Johnson pictured with Volodymyr Zelensky during a visit to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv today
Mr Johnson and Mr Zelensky shake hands as they pose for pictures inside the Ukrainian Presidential Palace in Kyiv
Mr Johnson told the Ukrainian president that the UK is prepared to launch a major operation to train Ukrainian armed forces
Downing Street said the British-led scheme would train and drill Ukrainian troops to accelerate their deployment, rebuild their forces and increase their resistance
Mr Zelensky and French president Emmanuel Macron shared an awkward embrace as EU leaders visited Ukraine yesterday
In April, Mr Johnson became the first Western leader to go to Kyiv, with the arrangements made in great secrecy
The pair have formed a close ‘bromance’ since the Russian invasion began, speaking regularly on the phone
Carrie Johnson was pictured enjoying herself at Ascot today – but with no sign of the PM
Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses a plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum today
At a press conference, Mr Johnson also paid tribute to the Ukrainain forces as he again pledged Britain’s support in their fight to drive out the Russian invaders.
He said: ‘If Ukrainian troops are suffering then I have to tell you all the evidence is that Putin’s troops are under acute pressure themselves and they are taking heavy casualties,” he stated.
‘Their expenditure of munitions – of shells and different weaponry – is colossal. After 114 days of assault on Ukraine, they’ve nonetheless not achieved the targets they set out for the primary week.
‘We are right here as soon as once more to underline that we’re with you to provide the strategic endurance that you will want and we’re going to assist to proceed to intensify the sanctions on Putin’s regime.’
It comes after the PM had been slated to seem at a convention being held by the Northern Research Group of Red Wall Tory MPs in Doncaster this afternoon.
He was additionally anticipated to marketing campaign in Wakefield forward of the essential by-election subsequent week. The Conservatives concern they’re doomed to lose the seat to Labour after a torrid spell that has seen Mr Johnson fined over Partygate and most lately the resignation of his ethics adviser.
However, he pulled out of the occasion abruptly final evening, inflicting specific anger among the many MPs by not giving any motive.
In April, Mr Johnson turned the primary Western chief to go to Kyiv, with the preparations made in nice secrecy.
He has shaped an in depth ‘bromance’ with Mr Zelensky, talking repeatedly on the telephone.
The Ukrainian president’s head of office described Mr Johnson as a ‘good pal and ally’ in the course of the go to.
Andriy Yermak tweeted: ‘Today, collectively with Volodymyr Zelensky, the Office and Government workforce, we met with our good pal and ally, Boris Johnson.
‘With Boris, we mentioned the much-needed heavy weapons and air defence programs provides, financial assist for Ukraine, growing sanctions stress on RF.’
Meanwhile, spouse Carrie was pictured having fun with herself at Ascot right this moment – however with no signal of the PM.
Mr Johnson’s go to comes the day after Emmanuel Macron, Olaf Scholz and Mario Draghi had been in Kyiv.
The French, German and Italian premiers travelled into the nation by practice earlier than holding talks with Mr Zelensky after which heading for the suburb of Irpin to see firsthand the devastation wrought by Putin’s troops and proof of battle crimes.
Mr Macron denounced the ‘barbarism’ of the assaults and praised the braveness of Irpin’s residents and others within the area who helped thwart Russia’s try to overrun the capital.
But there was an ungainly try to pull the Ukrainian chief into an embrace at a joint press convention, and photographs of the pair shaking palms earlier within the occasion appeared equally one-sided.
Mr Johnson pictured throughout a telephone name with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday
Mr Johnaon had been anticipated to marketing campaign in Wakefield right this moment forward of an important by-election subsequent week
Mr Zelensky has in current weeks overtly accused Mr Macron of creating excuses for Putin, with whom the French chief beforehand boasted a robust relationship, and has criticised his authorities for not offering sufficient weapons and assist to assist Ukraine’s battle effort.
His physique language round Mr Macron is a stark distinction to the heat and enthusiasm with which he has greeted officers from the US and UK – significantly Mr Johnson.
The EU right this moment gave its blessing to Ukraine and its neighbour Moldova to develop into an official candidate to be a part of the bloc – with EU Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen asserting the transfer carrying blue and yellow.
The transfer represents an historic eastward shift in Europe’s outlook led to by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which dramatically shattered peace in Europe and altered the notion of the bloc’s leaders.
Ukraine utilized to be a part of the EU simply 4 days after Russian troops poured throughout its border in February. Four days later, so did Moldova and Georgia – two different ex-Soviet states contending with separatist areas occupied by Russian troops.
‘Ukraine has clearly demonstrated the nation’s aspiration and the nation’s dedication to dwell up to European values and requirements,’ the EU’s govt Commission head Ursula von der Leyen stated in Brussels.
She made the announcement throughout a press convention of Friday carrying Ukrainian colors, a yellow blazer over a blue shirt. Ukrainians had been ‘prepared to die’ for the ‘European dream,’ she stated.