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Britain must keep up support for Kyiv amid 'Ukraine fatigue': PM Boris Johnson

Britain must keep up support for Kyiv amid 'Ukraine fatigue': PM Boris Johnson

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visit St Michael's Golden-Domed Cathedral (Mykhailivskyi Zolotoverkhyi), as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine on Jun 17, 2022. (Photo: Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS)

LONDON: It is important Britain continues to show it is supporting Ukraine for the long haul, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday (Jun 18), warning of a risk of "Ukraine fatigue" as the war drags on.

"The Russians are grinding forward inch by inch and it is vital for us to show what we know to be true which is that Ukraine can win and will win," Johnson told reporters on his arrival back in Britain from a visit to Kyiv.

The recent trip to Kyiv was the second for Johnson after he had met President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Apr 9.

Johnson, who survived a no-confidence vote earlier this month, was greeted by Zelenskyy as a "great friend" and posted a picture of himself with the Ukrainian president, with the words "Mr President, Volodymyr, It is good to be in Kyiv again".

"When Ukraine fatigue is setting in, it is very important to show that we are with them for the long haul and we are giving them the strategic resilience that they need," Johnson said.

Johnson offered to launch a major training operation for Ukrainian forces, with the potential to train up to 10,000 soldiers every 120 days at the meeting, his office said.

The unannounced trip was Johnson's latest show of support for Zelenskyy since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.

It came a day after the leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Romania travelled to Kyiv and endorsed Ukraine's candidate status to join the European Union.

Source: Reuters/ic

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