West must brace for ‘long war’ – UK PM — Analysis
Boris Johnson states that Britain is seeking to significantly increase its efforts to train Ukrainian troops.
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 was quoted in an opinion piece published by Sunday Times.
“The UK and our friends must respond by ensuring that Ukraine has the strategic endurance to survive and eventually prevail.”
To end this war, we must help our Ukrainian friends. [Volodymyr]Zelensky detailed. This should be the standard for success. Ukrainians have made it clear that they won’t be forced to accept less.
Johnson called on the EU and all other nations to keep supplying weapons and money to Kiev. British soldiers have been taught by British trainers for more than 22,000. The Prime Minister stated that London will work closely with its allies to provide training to up to 10,000 troops every 120 days.
Zelensky spoke to a group Danish journalists and reiterated his belief that Ukraine depends heavily on Russia for its steady supply of weapons and sanctions. “If everyone continues to be strengthened and united, we will surely win this war,”He stated.
Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba struck the same tone in an opinion piece published on Friday by Foreign Affairs magazine. Kuleba argued that Ukraine is capable of defeating Russia using enough Western artillery.
Russia sent troops into the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. French- and German-brokered protocols were intended to provide special status for the Ukrainian states that breakaway areas.
Since then, the Kremlin demanded Ukraine declare itself neutral and vow to never join NATO’s military bloc. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked and denies claims that it planned to seize the two republics.
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