Help for Ukraine should proceed till Putin withdraws his forces, says Johnson

Help for Ukraine should proceed till Putin withdraws his forces, says Johnson

The Prime Minister stated allies ought to proceed to assist Ukraine till Russian forces withdrew from the “entirety” of its territory.

Crimea was annexed by Russia in 2014 and Mr Johnson warned that Mr Putin would search to repeat the method in different components of Ukraine following the invasion by Moscow’s forces six months in the past.

In a distant tackle to the worldwide Crimea Platform convention hosted by Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky, Mr Johnson stated the peninsula had been became an “armed camp” by Russia since 2014 and was used as one of many launch pads for the invasion in February.

Boris Johnson has shaped a detailed bond with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky (Andrew Kravechenko/AP) / AP

“Putin is planning on doing to different components of Ukraine – certainly all of Ukraine – what he has completed to Crimea,” Mr Johnson warned.

“He’s getting ready extra annexations and extra sham referendums.”

Mr Johnson stated Russia’s annexation of Crimea “or another Ukrainian territory” mustn’t ever be recognised.

“Within the face of Putin’s assault we should proceed to offer our Ukrainian mates all of the navy, humanitarian, financial and diplomatic assist that they want till Russia ends this hideous warfare and withdraws its forces from the whole lot of Ukraine,” he stated.

Mr Johnson has shaped a detailed bond with Mr Zelensky and is eager to reassure the Ukrainian administration that the UK’s assist will proceed when he leaves No 10 in September.

His tackle to the Crimea Platform convention got here on the eve of Ukraine’s independence day.

The significance of the day has led to considerations that Russia would possibly step up navy motion, with the USA issuing a safety alert in regards to the prospect of strikes in opposition to Ukraine’s “civilian infrastructure and authorities services within the coming days”.

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