A Russian invasion of Ukraine would be a disaster, says Boris Johnson in Kiev | Ukraine – Post world

A Russian invasion of Ukraine would end in humanitarian, political and military catastrophe for Russia and the world, Boris Johnson warned while standing next to the Ukrainian president. Wolodymyr Selenskyj, in Kiev, and said the UK will be judged on the amount of aid it has provided to Ukraine.

During a flying visit to the Ukrainian capital, he denied that the US and UK exaggerated the scale of the Russian threat and said they were not trying to “magnify” intelligence. “The grim reality” was that Russian troops were “converging on the Ukrainian border. This is a clear and present danger,” he said, adding that the troop concentration is “perhaps the greatest display of hostility towards Ukraine in our lifetime”. Johnson said it dwarfs Russian forces deployed before the 2014 invasion.

The British Prime Minister said while pointing a gun to the heads of the Ukrainian people Wladimir Putin tried to get the West to dismantle the new security architecture put in place after the fall of the Berlin Wall. He said Britain was trying to bring the West together and said this crisis was about something bigger than Ukraine. “He [Putin] tries to redraw the security map of Europe and impose a new Yalta, new zones of influence. It would not only be Ukraine that would be brought back into the Russian zone of influence. It would be Georgia and Moldova and other countries. This moment is absolutely crucial.”

The press conference took place after Putin spoke in Moscow, accused the US of ignoring Russia’s security proposals in his first public comments on the growing Ukraine crisis since December.

A phone call between Johnson and the Russian President that the Prime Minister had to cancel on Monday was postponed to Wednesday after the Kremlin rejected a request to hold it on Tuesday. Monday’s call was canceled to allow Johnson to make a statement to MPs about parties at Downing Street during the lockdown.

Johnson was dogged at the press conference by questions about whether his domestic crisis surrounding the parties made it impossible for him to focus on the Russian crisis. He insisted he was fully focused and said he would speak to Putin on Wednesday. Her scheduled call had to be canceled on Monday as Johnson was instead forced to spend two hours answering questions about allegations by parties at Downing Street of breaching Covid regulations, which was reported by officer Sue Gray written report are set out.

Delegations led by President Zelenskyy and Boris Johnson hold talks in Kiev on February 1. Photo: Press Service of the President of Ukraine/Reuters

At one point during the press conference he had to say that he would release whatever he could from the final version gray report. He didn’t say he would release anything Gray gave him.

The Ukrainian president largely protected Johnson by refusing to reiterate claims that the West is fomenting panic by hyping an imminent Russian invasion, instead warning of a major war.

Zelenskyy said there were 35,000 to 50,000 Russian soldiers in Crimea, 35,000 in occupied Donbass and 100,000 at his country’s international border with Russia.

“I look forward to Russia withdrawing its army from our borders. We don’t need words. Just take this one step‘ Zelenskyy said, adding that the Russians didn’t want to die in a war with Ukraine.


A comparison of the armed forces of Russia and Ukraine



Army: 280,000, including 2,840 tanks and 6,920 combat vehicles; 150 Iskander ballistic missiles; 4,684+ artillery; 1,520 ground-to-air batteries.

Marine (Black Sea Fleet only): 6 submarines; 6 warships; 35 patrol ships.

Luftwaffe: 1,160 combat aircraft, 394 attack helicopters, 714 air defense systems.


Army: 145,000, including 858 tanks and 1,184 combat vehicles; 90 Tochka ballistic missiles; 1,818 artillery; Over 75 ground-to-air batteries.

Marine: 1 warship, 12 patrol and coastal vessels.

Luftwaffe: 125 combat aircraft, 35 attack helicopters; 6 medium TB2 drones; 322 air defense systems.

Source: International Institute for Strategic Studies

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He urged the West to impose sanctions on Russia now, rather than after the invasion begins. Johnson had said that Sanctions would come into effect as soon as “the first Russian toe cap” crossed Ukrainian territory.

“It’s important for them in Moscow to understand that we will apply these sanctions automatically, so as soon as there is any further incursion into sovereign Ukrainian territory, these sanctions will apply,” Johnson said. “We are moving forward with the new legislation [that] will allow us to … locate strategic Russian trade interests in a very direct way, as well as individual Russian trade interests.”

He added: “In Ukraine, 200,000 men and women are under arms, they will put up a very, very fierce and bloody resistance. I think parents and mothers in Russia should think about it.”

In an attempt to place himself at the center of events, he listed the world leaders he had spoken to over the past few days, adding: “The people of Ukraine have the inalienable right to vote, how they are governed and which organizations they wish to join.”

However, he stressed that stepping back from the abyss is still possible, adding that he is ready to engage in dialogue.


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