Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid a surprise visit to Kiev on Sunday, met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and promised Britain “will support Ukraine for as long as it takes”.
Johnson, who resigned in September in the wake of a string of scandals, was prime minister when Russia invaded Ukraine in February and tried to make London Kiev its biggest ally in West.
During this tour, Johnson visited Borodyanka and Bucha, suburbs of the Ukrainian capital which are examples of atrocities in West as Russian forces pushed towards Kiev in the first phase of the invasion before being pushed back.
“I can tell you that the UK will stand by Ukraine for as long as it takes,” Johnson told Governor Bucha.
“You will win and expel all Russians from your country, but we will be there for a long time. We would also like your help for reconstruction,” he added speaking through an interpreter.
Johnson denied his moves in Ukraine can be seen as a weakening of British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
During his tenure, Johnson visited Kiev several times and was held in contact with Zelensky.
While he was involved in scandals in Great Britain, Johnson gained immense popularity in Ukraine, where he became known as “Boris Johnsonyuk”. Cafes put his name on cakes in Kiev and his image was painted on street billboards and walls.
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