Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has asked British Prime Minister Boris Johnson not to compare Ukraine’s struggle for freedom with the Brexit vote.
Speaking at the Tory Spring Conference in Blackpool last week, Mr Johnson said it was the “instinct of the people of this country to choose freedom like the people of Ukraine”, with the Brexit vote being a “famous recent example.” ” may be.
Mr Poroshenko told ITV News that “zero” people had died in the UK because of Brexit, but that “thousands” of Ukrainians had died trying to protect their homes during the Russian invasion.
“How many UK citizens died from Brexit? Zero. Can you imagine how many Ukrainians died before meeting Putin’s aggression? thousands,” he said.
“Today alone we have more than 150 children killed by Russian soldiers and by Russian artillery. Here alone, in the last week, 2,000 children were captured from Mariupol alone and returned to Russia.
“May I ask how many houses have been destroyed because of Brexit? We have entire cities that have been completely wiped out.
“Starting from Mariupol, which is much worse than Aleppo, just seven or eight kilometers from me, we have Bucha, we have the city of Kyiv with destroyed houses. Absolutely no comparison with this situation, please.”
Speaking last week, Mr Johnson said: “I know the instinct of the people of this country is to choose freedom every time, just like the people of Ukraine.
“I can give you a couple of famous recent examples.
“When the British people voted for Brexit in such large, large numbers, I don’t think it was because they were remotely hostile to foreigners. It’s because it wanted the freedom to do things differently and for this country to be able to run for itself.”
The settlement was criticized by Tory peer Lord Barwell, who pointed out that Ukraine aspires to join the European Union.
Lord Barwell, who served as Theresa May’s chief of staff in Number 10, said voting in the 2016 referendum was “in no way comparable to risking your life in a war”.
https://www.independent.ie/news/how-many-uk-citizens-died-because-of-brexit-zero-former-president-tells-boris-johnson-dont-compare-ukrainian-fight-for-freedom-to-brexit-41476046.html “How many British citizens died from Brexit? Zero’ – ex-president tells Boris Johnson not to compare Ukraine’s struggle for freedom with Brexit