Boris Johnson said he would continue to supply Ukraine with military equipment and offered to train “up to 10,000 soldiers every 120 days”.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was again on the move to kyiv on Friday, a surprise visit which comes the day after that of four leaders of the European Union.
“I am delighted to see a great friend of our country, Boris Johnson, in kyiv again,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wrote on Telegram. “It’s good to be in kyiv again,” said Boris Johnson on his Twitter account.
Boris Johnson was the first leader of a G7 country to visit Ukraine on April 9 after the start of the war launched against this country by Vladimir Putin on February 24. London has provided particularly strong military support to kyiv ever since.
“Return the aggressor out of Ukraine”
At a press conference from Kyiv, Boris Johnson said he would continue to provide “as from the start (of the Russian invasion), the military equipment you need – and now of course the training you need that goes with it – so that you, the Ukrainian people and the Ukrainian Armed Forces can (…) drive the aggressor out of Ukraine”.
The leader has thus offered to “train up to 10,000 soldiers every 120 days”, specifies a press release from Downing Street. According to the British Prime Minister, this military training program “could change the equation of this war by channeling the most powerful of forces, namely the determination of the Ukrainians to win”.
“Putin’s troops are under severe pressure and are suffering heavy casualties. Their expenditure on ammunition, shells and other weapons is colossal and after 114 days of attacks on Ukraine, they still have not achieved the goal that they had settled for the first week,” he said.
Johnson denounces “indisputable war crimes”
Boris Johnson also denounced “indisputable war crimes” committed by Russia in Ukraine.
“Many days of war have proven it: Britain’s support for Ukraine is firm and resolute,” said Volodymyr Zelensky. “We have a common vision of how Ukraine can achieve victory.”
Boris Johnson arrived in kyiv the day after an unprecedented visit by French, German, Italian and Romanian leaders, all members of the European Union unlike the United Kingdom.
They said they were in favor of granting Ukraine candidate status for EU membership, as did the European Commission on Friday – a status requested by Kyiv which hopes will lead to early membership of the European bloc .