British Prime Minister Johnson urged allies to prepare for a protracted conflict in Ukraine London urged the West to continue to supply Ukraine with weapons and train the Ukrainian military, as well as provide financial assistance to Kyiv for many years to “preserve the vitality of the Ukrainian state”
Britain and Western allies should be prepared for a protracted conflict in Ukraine as Russia “resorts to attrition tactics.” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote about this in an article for The Sunday Times.
“Time is now a vital factor. Everything will depend on whether Ukraine can strengthen its ability to defend its territory faster than Russia can restore its ability to attack. Our task— attract time to the side of Ukraine»,— he emphasized.
The British prime minister said that London and the allies have four main tasks:
- to ensure the supply of weapons and ammunition to Ukraine and to train the Ukrainian military faster than the Russian side;
- to help preserve “the viability of the Ukrainian state”, since the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky must pay salaries, begin the reconstruction of the country, deliver aid— this requires ongoing funding, which Allies “should plan and maintain for many years”;
- develop alternative overland export routes for Ukraine to keep the Ukrainian economy functioning as “Russia has blocked the country's main export routes through the Black Sea”;
- remove grain stockpiled in warehouses in Ukraine and support UN negotiation efforts about a safe corridor for its export by sea.
Johnson acknowledged that none of these steps “will produce immediate results,” but they all “serve the same purpose.” strengthen Ukraine's position in order to end the conflict “on Zelensky's terms”.
The day before, the British prime minister pointed out the need to continue to support Kyiv, despite the danger of “Ukraine fatigue”; as the fighting drags on.
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Johnson visited Kyiv for the second time for a meeting with Zelensky on June 17. He suggested starting a training program for the Ukrainian military outside of Ukraine. The program provides that every 120 days, instructors will train up to 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers in frontline combat skills, cybersecurity and anti-explosive tactics, and basic medical training.
The Washington Post previously wrote that The US and allies are preparing for a protracted conflict in Ukraine. The source of the publication noted that the increase in the supply of American weapons is aimed at preventing the prolongation of hostilities. In Washington, in this way, they are trying to get Moscow to refuse to continue them and strengthen Kyiv's position in the negotiations.
Russia condemns the transfer of weapons to Kyiv. According to President Vladimir Putin, the purpose of the “fuss” around such supplies— prolong the conflict as much as possible. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned that since NATO “enters into a war with Russia through a proxy and arms this proxy, then in war as in war.”
At the same time, the Kremlin stressed that the goals of Russia's military operation in Ukraine will be fulfilled, despite the “pumping” Kyiv with Western weapons.
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