LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson instructed Ukrainian lawmakers on Tuesday that their heroic protection towards Russia’s invasion would rank as “Ukraine’s finest hour,” invoking Winston Churchill’s well-known declaration about Britons as they confronted the Nazi onslaught in the beginning of World War II.
In the primary deal with by a overseas chief to Ukraine’s Parliament, Mr. Johnson burnished his credentials as a stalwart supporter of Ukraine and a detailed ally of its president, Volodymyr Zelensky. In tone and themes, Mr. Johnson’s speech mirrored one which Mr. Zelensky gave to the British Parliament in March.
“You have exploded the myth of Putin’s invincibility and you have written one of the most glorious chapters in military history and in the life of your country,” Mr. Johnson mentioned, referring to the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin. “The so-called irresistible force of Putin’s war machine has broken on the immovable object of Ukrainian patriotism and love of country.”
“This is Ukraine’s finest hour, that will be remembered and recounted for generations to come,” he mentioned in a video deal with recorded from Downing Street that was broadcast within the Parliament’s chamber.
Mr. Johnson insisted that no peace settlement with Russia must be foisted on the Ukrainians by outsiders. The braveness of Ukraine’s residents, he mentioned, had earned the nation the suitable to regulate its future. Moreover, he added, the West had been sluggish to understand the risk posed by Mr. Putin when Russia seized Crimea in 2014.
“We collectively failed to impose the sanctions then that we should have put on Vladimir Putin,” he mentioned. “We cannot make the same mistake again.”
Mr. Johnson introduced that Britain would supply extra weapons to Ukraine, together with digital warfare gear, a counter-battery radar system, and G.P.S.-jamming gear. The package deal, valued at 300 million kilos ($375 million), comes on the heels of a large $33 billion dedication of arms and humanitarian assist that President Biden has requested Congress to approve.
Britain just lately introduced plans to supply extra subtle missiles and air-defense automobiles to the Ukrainian army, in addition to armored automobiles to evacuate civilians from areas underneath assault. Mr. Johnson mentioned Britain had additionally returned its ambassador to Ukraine, Melinda Simmons, to her put up in Kyiv.
For Mr. Johnson, the invitation to talk to the Parliament, often called the Verkhovna Rada, was a major gesture by Mr. Zelensky to a pacesetter with whom he has solid a sturdy relationship over the course of dozens of cellphone calls. Last month, Mr. Johnson traveled to Ukraine and walked the streets of Kyiv with Mr. Zelensky, successful plaudits from Ukrainians, in addition to folks again house.
Mr. Johnson’s Conservative Party faces tough native elections on Thursday, and he has but to flee the shadow of a scandal over his attendance at social gatherings that violated Covid restrictions. But his agency stand on Ukraine has deflected among the glare from his proliferating home woes.