Boris Johnson has referred to as on the federal government to urgently “ramp up” its navy assist to Ukraine.
In a direct problem to Rishi Sunak the previous Prime Minister warned that Britain should “go additional” in serving to the struggle torn nation repel Vladimir Putin’s barbaric Russian invaders.
Mr Johnson mentioned the UK ought to present extra “subtle artillery”, insisting the additional navy muscle is required instantly.
And he warned this week’s arms talks between Putin and North Korean despot Kim Jong Un presents a “new risk”, making it much more pressing to “double down” assist for Ukraine.
The Ukrainian President mentioned he was grateful to allies for his or her assist however hit out at critics who’ve advised that Kyiv’s counteroffensive is failing to proceed shortly sufficient.
Britain has already shelled out £4.6 billion to produce Ukraine with tanks, heavy artillery, anti tank weapons, air defence techniques and fighter jet coaching.
However Mr Johnson, who has simply returned from a go to to Ukraine, mentioned extra have to be executed to beef up the UK’s navy help.
“I simply returned from an excellent journey to Ukraine the place I met President Zelenskyy in Kyiv,” he mentioned.
“The Ukrainian spirit is stronger than ever.”
Regardless of studies that the Ukrainian counteroffensive is faltering Mr Johnson insisted the nation’s fighters are driving the Russians again.
“They’ve made big navy progress and proceed to take action,” he mentioned. “Don’t imagine the naysayers.”
Urging extra UK assist, he added: “We will help the Ukrainians safe an enormous victory. The UK is doing an amazing job – however all of us should go additional.
“We’d like strategic endurance to assist Ukrainian positive aspects and we have to ramp up navy help. There is just one good final result to this struggle: a Ukrainian victory. And that’s within the UK’s nationwide curiosity.
“So let’s get on with it and ship the delicate artillery and different tools that the Ukrainians want now.”
Mr Johnson additionally set his crosshairs on the Kremlin and its Communist allies following Monday’s summit on the Vostochny house centre in jap Russia the place the 2 dictators mentioned “prospects” for navy cooperation..
He mentioned: “This alliance of pariahs presents a brand new risk and makes it much more pressing to double down assist for Ukraine.”
The strong remarks come days after Mr Johnson acquired a hero’s welcome as he returned to Ukraine on the weekend to obtain one other award within the nation he has championed.
Flag waving crowds lined the streets in Lviv earlier than the ex-premier was given a doctorate by the town’s Ivan Franko Nationwide College.
Mr Johnson was proven donning a cap and robes – and holding a bunch of flowers – as he accepted the honorary title of ‘Physician Honoris Causa’ from the college.
In additional footage the previous Tory chief earned cheers and whoops as he waved to followers within the metropolis centre.
He already holds the nation’s highest award for international nationals – the Ukrainian ‘Order of Liberty’ which he acquired on his closing go to to Kyiv earlier than he stood down as PM final 12 months.
The medal was introduced to Mr Johnson final August in a ceremony led by Mr Zelensky.
He has subsequently been made an ‘honorary citizen of Kyiv’ so as to add to the identical title he holds for the port metropolis of Odesa.
Mr Johnson added that the Ukrainian President continues to be “extremely moved” by the assist of the British individuals in the direction of his nation.
“President Zelenskyy wished me to cross on a message of due to the individuals of the UK for all their steadfast and ongoing assist,” he mentioned.
“He’s extremely moved by the solidarity of the British individuals and as we proceed to do much more to assist Ukraine, we stay facet by facet with him and the Ukrainian struggle effort”.