The prime minister called for more multiple missile systems to be deployed to Ukraine, warning that Russian forces in Donbass are making “gradual, slow, but I fear noticeable progress”.
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The West must send more missiles to Ukraine to stop the ‘crocodile’ Vladimir Putin from slowly ‘chewing’ through Ukraine, Boris Johnson warned today.
The British Prime Minister said it was “vital” to continue to support the battle-hardened nation – including multiple missile systems – as Russian forces are making “gradual, slow but I fear noticeable progress”.
By the end of April, the UK had delivered more than 5,000 anti-tank missiles, five air defense systems with more than 100 missiles, 1,360 anti-structure munitions and 4.5 tons of plastic explosives.
Britain had also sent more than 90,000 ration packs, 10 pallets of medical equipment, 3,000 body armours, 77,000 helmets and 3,000 pairs of boots.
But there is an international debate about how far to arm Ukraine with defensive or offensive weapons.
in the an interview with BloombergMr Johnson said: “I think it’s very, very important that we don’t get lulled into thinking about the incredible heroism of the Ukrainians in pushing the Russians back from the gates of Kiev.
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“I fear that Putin, at great cost to himself and the Russian military, continues to destroy soil in Donbass, he continues to make gradual, slow, but, I fear, noticeable progress.
“And that’s why it is absolutely necessary that we continue to support the Ukrainians militarily.”
The prime minister declared that Putin was “not to be trusted”, adding: “How can you deal with a crocodile when it is about to eat your left leg?”
The war and Western sanctions have pushed up inflation, which hit 9% in the UK in April.
When asked by Bloomberg if the UK was headed for a recession, Boris Johnson replied: “Not necessarily at all.”
Earlier this month, the Bank of England governor issued an “apocalyptic” warning that food supplies could become tighter and prices soar.
Speaking to the Commons Treasury Committee, Andrew Bailey said: “I’m afraid the subject I’m going to address in a rather apocalyptic way is food.
“So I was in Washington for the IMF-World Bank spring meeting… we had the Ukrainian finance minister there… I have to tell you that I find that very worrying.
“Because I think the finance minister said two things – one is that Ukraine has food in stock but they cannot get it out at the moment.
“Secondly, while he was optimistic about growing crops, as you know, Ukraine is a major supplier of wheat and…cooking oils…we have no way of shipping it as things stand and it’s only getting worse.”
“This is a major concern – and not only do I have to tell you a major concern for this country, it is also a major concern for the developing world.
“Sorry to be apocalyptic at the moment, but that’s a big problem.”
According to the Ministry of Defense (MoD), the Russian president’s invading forces recently captured “several villages” while attempting to encircle Severodonetsk and Lysychansk in the Donbass region.
But President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s defense forces are said to be holding “several defended sectors” while Russia deploys 50-year-old Soviet-era T-62 tanks.
These, according to the intelligence update, “will almost certainly be particularly vulnerable” to anti-tank weapons and demonstrate Russia’s lack of “modern, combat-ready equipment.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/boris-johnson-warns-crocodile-vladimir-27081356 Boris Johnson warns 'crocodile' Vladimir Putin is 'chewing through' Ukraine