Ukraine’s allies must brace for a prolonged conflict and do all they can to help Kiev prevail over Moscow, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said.
“I am afraid that we need to steel ourselves for a long war, as [Russian President Vladimir] Putin resorts to a campaign of attrition, trying to grind down Ukraine by sheer brutality,” Johnson wrote in an op-ed published by the Sunday Times.
“The UK and our friends must respond by ensuring that Ukraine has the strategic endurance to survive and eventually prevail.”
We must strengthen the hand of our Ukrainian friends to finish this war on the terms that President [Volodymyr] Zelensky has laid out. That should be the definition of success. The Ukrainian people have been clear they will not be forced into accepting less than that.
Johnson urged the EU and other countries to continue supplying Kiev with weapons and money. The PM said British instructors had trained more than 22,000 Ukrainian troops over the course of seven years and London is planning to work with allies to train up to 10,000 soldiers every 120 days.