he prime minister warned the British that “we should brace ourselves for an extended conflict”. Ukraine on his return from the nation’s capital.

After the go to Kyiv, Boris Johnson mentioned that Vladimir Putin’s invasion “is coming into a brand new part” and that if Russian advances have been profitable, he “wouldn’t cease carving up Ukraine”.

In an article in The Instances, Mr Johnson additionally outlined a four-point plan on how the UK and its allies can finest assist Ukraine.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks to navy personnel aboard a C17 from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire the day after his go to to Kyiv (Joe Giddens/PA). / PA wire

He wrote: “I worry we should brace for a protracted conflict as Putin resorts to a marketing campaign of attrition and seeks to crush Ukraine with sheer brutality.


“The UK and our pals should reply by guaranteeing Ukraine has the strategic endurance to outlive and ultimately prevail.”

“All the pieces will rely upon whether or not Ukraine can strengthen its capability to defend its soil sooner than Russia can renew its attacking functionality,” he added.

“Our job is to purchase time on the Ukraine facet.”

Referring to the invasion, he warned that if Russia did safe territory in Ukraine, “no nation could be protected anyplace” as a result of “any dictator would really feel emboldened to pursue his personal ambitions by pressure.”

To stop this, step one within the prime minister’s plan is to make sure that Ukraine “receives arms, tools, ammunition and coaching sooner than the invader.”

He mentioned Britain goals to work with allies to coach as much as 10,000 troops each 120 days to assist Ukraine.

Mr Johnson describes step two as offering “everlasting funding and technical help” to the beleaguered nation in order that it will possibly preserve its infrastructure and establishments.

The third step is to develop various overland routes to interrupt the Russian blockade of ports, together with the southern metropolis of Odessa.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (proper) meets Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Ukrainian Presidential Press Workplace/PA). / PA media

Mr Johnson mentioned 25 million tonnes of corn and wheat have been “held hostage” by Russia – and the fourth step of the plan was to free these shares.

This may be achieved by supporting UN efforts to barter an export hall throughout the ocean, in accordance with the prime minister.

Mr Johnson met President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv on Friday in an unannounced transfer.

Returning with reporters from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, he harassed the necessity to present assist for Ukraine when its folks have been “struggling terribly”, significantly in Donbass.

In his talks with Mr Zelensky, Mr Johnson mentioned Britain was prepared to coach tens of 1000’s of Ukrainian troops.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire (Joe Giddens/PA). / PA wire

He mentioned it was vital to forestall the Russians from “freezing” the battle so they might consolidate their good points earlier than launching one other assault and that Ukrainians must be helped to regain territory misplaced that 12 months.

Nonetheless, he stopped calling for the restoration of all lands Ukraine had misplaced since 2014 – together with Crimea – which Secretary of State Liz Truss had beforehand referred to as for.

Mr Johnson’s go to was warmly welcomed by Ukrainians, with TV footage of Mr Zelensky exhibiting the Prime Minister the wreckage of burnt-out Russian tanks and different autos on show in Kiev’s Michael’s Sq..

He was visiting Kyiv on the day he was as a consequence of converse at a Northern Tories convention and the timing led to allegations that he was snubbing the area forward of an important by-election in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

The go to additionally got here the day after a joint journey to the Ukrainian capital by French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

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