Boris Johnson Met With Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv: ‘Putin must fail’

KYIV, Ukraine (April 9, 2022) — U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv, promising so much support that his nation might never be bullied again.

Johnson’s surprise visit included a pledge of 120 armored vehicles and new anti-ship missile systems, part of another 100 million pounds ($130 million) of high-grade military equipment. Johnson also confirmed an additional $500 million in World Bank lending, taking Britain’s total loan guarantee up to $1 billion.

Johnson said Ukraine defied the odds pushing Russian forces “from the gates of Kyiv, achieving the greatest feat of arms of the 21st century.″

The prime minister credits “Zelenskyy’s resolute leadership and the invincible heroism and courage of the Ukrainian people” for thwarting what he calls the “monstrous aims” of Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Johnson says Britain and its partners “are going to ratchet up the economic pressure … not just freezing assets in banks and sanctioning oligarchs but moving away from use of Russian hydrocarbons.”

Johnson also described a vision for a future Ukraine so fortified and protected by the equipment, technology and know-how of Britain and its partners that it can never be threatened in the same way again. In the meantime, Johnson said, “there is a huge amount to do to make sure that Ukraine is successful, that Ukraine wins and that Putin must fail.”

KEY DEVELOPMENTS IN THE RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR:

— War Crimes Watch: A devastating walk through Bucha’s horror

— S&P downgrade indicates Russia headed for historic default

— More civilians flee eastern Ukraine after deadly station strike

— Intel: Putin may cite Ukraine war to meddle in US politics

— Go to https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine for more coverage

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Source: AP News wrote the original article.

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