Volodymyr Zelenskyy has hailed Boris Johnson’s unannounced visit to Kyiv as “a manifestation of strong, significant and constant support” by the UK for Ukraine.
“We appreciate that and will remember it,” he said president, after Johnson secretly flew to Poland and then traveled to the Ukrainian capital by train on Saturday. The visit was made public by the Embassy of Ukraine in London.
— Embassy of Ukraine in the United Kingdom (@UkrEmbLondon) April 9, 2022
Downing Street said Britain is also offering Ukraine 120 armored vehicles and a new “anti-ship missile system” in addition to £100million in military equipment announced the previous day, the German news site reported DW. It will also guarantee an additional $500 million in World Bank loans if Westminster’s parliament agrees, and ease tariffs on “the vast majority of imports from Ukraine,” he said Politically.
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The “surprise visit” and pledge of more military equipment underscored Britain’s role as “Europe’s most enthusiastic supporter of the Ukrainian president,” he said The New York Times. Johnson “has developed close ties with Mr Zelensky, speaking to him regularly on the phone and inviting him to address the House of Commons via video last month, the first of several virtual speeches Mr Zelensky made to foreign parliaments,” the newspaper noted.
Johnson, who appeared alongside Zelenskyy over the weekend, said: “I think the Ukrainians have shown the courage of a lion, and you, Volodymyr, have given the roar of that lion.”
The visit was “enthusiastically received in Ukraine,” it said The guardwith Johnson “the highest profile national leader he has visited since the beginning of the war”.
Footage of the two leaders walking the streets of the capital was described by The Kyiv Independent’s defense reporter Illia Ponomarenko as “one of the greatest videos the internet has ever seen”.
This is one of the greatest videos the internet has ever seen. pic.twitter.com/fZ2R0OT51W
— Illia Ponomarenko (@IAPonomarenko) April 9, 2022
“Call it a photo op if you like, but this one is important,” he said The Wall Street Journal‘s (WSJ) editorial team. This solidarity from Johnson – as well as from European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who visited Ukraine on Friday – “sends an important political signal of European support, although it is not so important as more and heavier weapons are being used in a new campaign in Ukraine.” of eastern Ukraine to be deployed”.
While the White House has also promised to send more weapons, “our sources say the flow is still too slow,” according to the WSJ. “President Biden, please follow the Prime Minister and help Ukraine win this war, not just survive.”
Back in the UK that Daily Mail‘s Daniel Johnson said even Johnson’s enemies “have to admit the Prime Minister is playing blinkers on Ukraine”. The war gave him “a chance to play to his strengths” and to become what he is Falklands was Margaret Thatcher 40 years ago.
“In the six weeks since the beginning of the Putin invasion, the prime minister has proved himself right on every count — and for all right and moral reasons,” he wrote. “He has made himself a hero to Ukrainians and is leading the West on the global stage.”
The Guardian doesn’t think the Prime Minister “can make this a Falklands moment” but acknowledged that “wars change perceptions and perspectives”, with Johnson possibly emerging as a “more serious figure”.
“In practice, the visit could probably do little that the two men’s almost daily phone calls over a secure line cannot, but the symbolism of the visit is hard to beat,” the newspaper said. “It serves a useful dual purpose. It normalizes Kyiv and makes Johnson a little more extraordinary.”
https://www.theweek.co.uk/news/politics/955607/what-the-world-is-saying-about-boris-johnson-as-he-heads-to-ukraine How the world reported on Boris Johnson’s trip to Ukraine