British Prime Minister Boris Johnson received a warm welcome from members of the Verkhovna Rada on Tuesday after a video address to the Verkhovna Rada, in which he pledged more military aid to fight the Russian invasion.
“We will continue to help Ukraine (…) with weapons, funding and humanitarian aid, until we reach our long-term goalwhich should strengthen Ukraine in such a way that no one would dare attack it,” promised Johnson, the first Western leader to intervene in the Verkhovna Rada.
This new package is worth 300 million pounds (about 355 million euros) He explained, “Radars to locate artillery bombardment of your cities, ‘unmanned aerial vehicles’ for heavy transport to supply forces and thousands of night vision devices.”
London has already mobilized 450 million pounds (535 million euros) in military aid to Kiev, including the provision of thousands of anti-tank missiles, armored vehicles, anti-ship missiles and air defense systems.
In his speech, Boris Johnson acknowledged that the West was so “Too slow to understand what was happening” and to punish Moscow, adding: “We cannot repeat this mistake”.
The British leader praised the resistance of the Ukrainians, who repulsed the Russian troops “from the gates of Kyiv” and “not only carried out the greatest armed action of the twenty-first century”, but also “exposed the historical insanity of the [Vladimir] put it in”.
“You destroyed the myth of Putin’s invincibility and wrote one of the most amazing chapters in the military history and military life of your country”He confirmed, citing the words of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to announce this “This is the best moment in Ukraine, it will be remembered and told for generations”.
Addressing below, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, thanked the “good friend” of the United Kingdom and its leader, with whom he maintains close and frequent contact.
“I would like to thank the United Kingdom (…), which would like to be one of the protectors of our security,” he emphasized, and thanked for the support of British dignitaries, including Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, musicians Paul McCartney, Sting, Deep Purple And soccer player David Beckham.
On April 9, Boris Johnson made a surprise visit to Kyiv, where he walked the deserted streets of the Ukrainian capital alongside President Zelensky.
The UK also announced at the end of April that it would “soon” reopen its embassy in Kyiv, which had been displaced since the beginning of the conflict.
Russia launched a military attack on Ukraine on February 24 that killed more than 3,000 civilians, according to the United Nations, which warns that the real number is likely to be much higher.
The military offensive has caused more than 13 million people to flee, including more than 5.5 million outside the country, according to the latest United Nations data.
The international community in general condemned the Russian invasion, and responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and strengthening economic and political sanctions against Moscow.
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