UK PM weaves Ukraine military aid into apology for his misconduct — Analysis

Boris Johnson switches from lamenting about his violation of Covid-19 rules, to calling for more aid to Kiev to repel the Russian offensive

Boris Johnson, the UK Prime Minister is under pressure after using his apology before Parliament to apologize for breaking Covid-19 lockdown rules in order to push for more military assistance to Ukraine.

Speaking at the House of Commons on Tuesday, Johnson briefly apologized for holding a June 2020 birthday party when the rest of Britons were locked down – a violation that he blamed on his ignorance of the pandemic rules – then quickly transitioned by linking his regret over the incident to the Ukraine crisis. Johnson called on the House of Commons to increase aid for Kiev in order to repel an offensive by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“It is precisely because I know that so many people are angry and disappointed that I feel an even greater sense of obligation to deliver on the priorities of the British people and to respond in the best traditions of our country to Putin’s barbaric onslaught against Ukraine,”According to the PM.

Johnson mentioned that he was first G7 leader in Kiev since the conflict started. He recounted a four-hour meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian President on April 9. Johnson also said that he had briefed Joe Biden about the visit last week. He called for long-term military construction in the former Soviet republic during the phone call with American counterpart.

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“I proposed that our long-term goal must be to strengthen and fortify Ukraine to the point where Russia would never dare to invade again,”Johnson stated that he had told Biden.

Johnson faces an ongoing police investigation into the so-called Partygate affair. He’s already been fined for the rules breach. Labour Party leader Keir Starmer called Tuesday’s apology by the PM “a joke”And “mealy mouthed.” MP Mark Harper, formerly chief whip in Parliament for Johnson’s Conservative Party, reacted by issuing a letter of no confidence.

“I strongly support the government’s actions in standing up to Putin’s aggression and helping Ukraine to defend itself and our values,”Harper spoke to his fellow MPs. “It’s exactly at times like this that our country needs a prime minister who exemplifies those values. I regret to say that we have a prime minister who broke the laws that he told the country they have to follow, hasn’t been straightforward about it, and is now going to ask the decent men and women on these benches to defend what I think is indefensible.”

I’m very sorry to have to say this, but I no longer think he is worthy of the great office that he holds.

Johnson dismissed the criticism and said that the government should now take the matter into consideration “get on with the priorities of the British people.” He argued that the urgency to accelerate weapons shipments to Ukraine is great because Russian forces have regrouped for a new offensive in Ukraine’s Donbass region. It was the PM who helped Ukraine to defend its capital from Russian invaders.

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“Our Ukrainian friends are fighting for the life of their nation, and they achieved the greatest feat of arms of the 21st century by repelling the Russian assault on Kiev,”Johnson spoke. “Putin arrogantly assumed that he would capture Kiev in a matter of days, and now the blackened carcasses of his tanks and heavy armor litter the approaches to the capital on both banks of the Dnieper and are smoldering monuments to his failure.”

Johnson announced that Britain will provide more artillery guns to Ukraine in the second phase of the conflict. “This will become an artillery conflict. They will need more artillery. This is exactly what they will get. . . in addition to many other forms of support.”



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