Johnson called the supply of weapons to Kiev the best response to the events in Ukraine

The prime minister also noted that he doubts the possibility of a successful completion of negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv, since Putin intends to “seize even more territory of Ukraine”

World leaders must respond to developments in Ukraine by continuing to supply weapons Kiev. This was stated by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, reports Reuters.

«The best that world leaders can do— is to respond [to recent events] by continuing to arm Ukraine,»— he said.

The prime minister added that he doubted the possibility of successful completion of negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv. “I don’t see how the Ukrainians could now easily sit [at the negotiating table] and come to any agreement. How can you negotiate with a crocodile that has your leg in its mouth? It is in such a difficult situation that the Ukrainian side finds itself,— Johnson noted.

In addition, according to him, Russian President Vladimir Putin “made it clear that he intends to seize even more territory of Ukraine and may launch another assault on Kyiv.”

Russia has been conducting a military operation in Ukraine since February 24, Putin named the protection of civilians in Donbass from “bullying, genocide” as goals. by the Ukrainian authorities, “demilitarization and denazification” neighboring state. On April 19, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced the start of the second phase of the special operation in Ukraine. “The next stage of this operation begins, and I am sure that this is a very important moment for the entire special operation,” he said.

On the same day, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced the start of the “battle for Donbass”. He promised that Ukrainian troops would fight and defend themselves: “We won’t give up anything Ukrainian, but we don’t need someone else’s.”

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Western countries, including the United States, Great Britain and the EU, have imposed new sanctions against Russia, and also continue to supply Kiev with various types of weapons. Johnson, in particular, on April 9 announced Britain's intention to transfer £100 million worth of weapons to Ukraine, including Starstreak multi-purpose missiles, as well as 120 armored vehicles and anti-ship systems.

At the same time, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on April 19 stated that the Bundeswehr had exhausted the limit on the supply of weapons to Ukraine from its reserves. According to Scholz, first of all, Ukraine asked Germany for anti-tank guns and air defense systems, as well as long-range artillery. The chancellor stressed that in the future it would be better to send old Soviet weapons to Ukraine, which the military of this country is familiar with.

The Russian authorities have repeatedly criticized the actions of Western states, accusing them of “pumping” Ukraine weapons. According to the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova, such deliveries— this is “another mousetrap with free cheese”, for which Kiev will then have to pay. Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov, in turn, said that Western weapons will not prevent Russia from achieving the goals of the special operation.

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