By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
KYIV/BUDAPEST (Worthy News) – Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made a second surprise visit to Kyiv, where he offered to launch a significant training operation for thousands of Ukrainian troops.
Johnson and President Volodymyr Zelensky also discussed weapons supplies and further economic support during Friday’s meeting in the Ukrainian capital.
Additionally, Johnson said he and Zelensky discussed how Britain could assist in ending the Russian blockade of grain amid fears it could lead to a surge in famine in parts of the world.
He said: “We are going to work together to liberate the grain, as you rightly say, that has been held hostage right now by Putin, depriving people around the world of the food they need.”
And Johnson added that “of course, we will continue… to provide the military equipment – and now, of course, the training that may be necessary to go with that new equipment. So that you, the Ukrainian armed forces, will be able to do what I believe Ukrainians yearn to do: And that is to expel the aggressor from Ukraine.”
Training up to 10,000 soldiers every four months could “fundamentally change the equation of the war,” Johnson said. The proposal would see Ukrainian troops trained in other countries for three weeks each – learning “battle-winning skills.” They would also receive medical training, cyber-security, and counter-explosive tactics.
Johnson stressed that the ambition is to rebuild and increase Kyiv’s resistance against the Russian invasion. He said the people of Ukraine should know that Britain is with them until they “ultimately prevail.”
While Johnson visited Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared that his nation would withstand Western sanctions.
He condemned the European Union and the United States and said the genuine interest of Europeans is being sidelined after Ukraine moved closer to EU membership.
However, Ukrainians have shown they are “ready to die” for their European aspirations, EU chief Ursula von der Leyen said earlier.
But the EU’s executive European Commission also warned Ukraine that it must make reforms – on the rule of law, oligarchs, human rights, and tackling corruption.
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