Johnson urged to continue supporting Kyiv amid “Ukraine fatigue”

It is important that the UK continues to support Ukraine, Johnson said following his second visit to Kyiv since the start of the Russian military operation. Zelensky also spoke about “fatigue” in the world due to events in the country

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London must continue to support Kyiv, despite the danger of “Ukraine fatigue”; as the fighting escalates. This was announced to journalists by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson upon his return from the Ukrainian capital.

According to Johnson, in such conditions, it is necessary to demonstrate that Britain is giving Ukraine the help it needs. “The Russians are moving forward inch by inch and it's vital for us to show that Ukraine can and will win, it's true,” — he said (quoted by Reuters).

The British Prime Minister arrived in Kyiv on June 17. He met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and proposed starting a training program for the Ukrainian military outside the country. In accordance with it, it is planned to train up to 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers every 120 days in frontline combat skills, cybersecurity and anti-explosion tactics, as well as basic medical training.

This is the second Johnson's visit to the country after the start of the Russian military operation. Earlier, he met with Zelensky in Kyiv on April 9: then the provision of additional financial and military assistance to Ukraine was discussed. Johnson promised that the UK would supply Ukraine with 120 armored vehicles and anti-ship systems, as well as additional loan guarantees from the World Bank.

Zelensky also spoke about the growing fatigue in the world from what is happening in Ukraine. “Of course, everyone wants to push us to some result, which is definitely undesirable for us, because we are not asked. And desirable for those or other parties. They probably have their own interests, both financial and political. Fatigue is growing, people want some kind of result for themselves. And we need a result for us,»— he said on June 6 (quote from RBC Ukraine). This is how the president reacted to reports that the US, Britain and the EU are discussing ways to resolve the situation in Ukraine without the participation of representatives of Kyiv (CNN wrote about this, in particular).

Mikhail Podolyak, an adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, said that some Western politicians are suggesting that Kyiv give up part of the territories in order to stop the military operation that Russia launched on February 24. He stressed that Ukraine would not make such “compromises”. Offers to Kyiv to “simply stop resistance” some representatives of African, Asian and Arab countries also acted, said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, calling such an initiative unthinkable.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on May 2 that Moscow is not demanding that Kyiv surrender, but wants Zelensky “to give the order to release all civilians and stop resistance.” According to the minister, Russia does not have a goal of regime change in Ukraine, it is rather an “American specialty”. President Vladimir Putin, speaking the day before at the SPIEF, said that all the tasks of the military operation would be solved. In February, the head of state justified its beginning with the desire to carry out “demilitarization and denazification”; neighboring country, as well as to protect the inhabitants of Donbass from the policy of “genocide”, which, according to Putin, was carried out by the Ukrainian authorities.

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