Ukraine thanks Boris Johnson as the PM steps down

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A close ally to the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has thanked outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson for always being at the forefront of supporting his country.

Ukraine thanks Boris Johnson as the PM steps down

Boris Johnson was praised by Mykhailo Podolyak as “a person who began to call a spade a spade from the beginning” of Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine. Mr Johnson, he said, had recognized “the threat of the Russian monster and has always been at the forefront of supporting Ukraine.”

He was speaking after Mr Johnson announced his resignation as Tory leader and Prime Minister.

“To be a leader – to call Russian evil an evil and to take responsibility in the most difficult times,” Mr Podolyak tweeted. To be a leader, you must arrive in Kyiv first, despite missile attacks.

“Thank you, Boris Johnson, for recognizing the Russian monster and always being at the forefront of Ukraine’s support.”

“Today we have everything we need for the effective defense of the country: weapons, partnership, and coalition, and thanks to Mr Johnson, we understand that victory is a real symbol of the future in Ukraine… we are extremely grateful to our partners, Mr Johnson, for the opportunity to do our work effectively,” he said in a video posted on Twitter.

President Volodymyr Zelensky also thanked Mr Johnson for his assistance during the “most trying of times.”

This was echoed by Anton Gerashchenko, Ukraine’s Advisor to the Minister of Internal Affairs, who called Mr Johnson a “true friend of Ukraine.”

Anton Gerashchenko Ukraine's Advisor to the Minister of Internal Affairs who called Mr Johnson a true friend of Ukraine

“Boris Johnson, Sir, you are a true friend of Ukraine,” he tweeted. We appreciate your strong stance in support of Ukraine. We wish you strength and remind you that you are always welcome in our country.

“Thank you, @BorisJohnson,” said Ukrainian politician Volodymyr Omelyan.

Mr Johnson said during his resignation speech outside Downing Street that his handling of Russia’s war in Ukraine was something he was extremely proud of.

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