Volodymyr Zelensky today hailed Boris Johnson’s narrow escape from the Tories’ coup attempt.
The Ukrainian president said he was “very happy” that the prime minister had survived, describing him as an “important ally”.
The two leaders struck up a “bromance” during the war with Russia, speaking regularly on the phone.
Mr Johnson was among the first leaders to visit Kyiv after the conflict began, and the UK has been a major donor of arms and funding.
The Prime Minister was opposed by 148 Tory MPs – 40% of the total – in last night’s vote of confidence.
But he defiantly told Cabinet this morning that he wanted to ‘move on’. “We are now able to draw a line under the issues that our adversaries want to talk about,” Mr Johnson said.
Volodymyr Zelensky today hailed Boris Johnson’s narrow escape from the Tory coup attempt (pictured together in Kyiv in April)
Mr Johnson defiantly told the Cabinet this morning he wanted to ‘pass’ the Conservatives’ vote of confidence
Speaking at an FT event online, Mr Zelensky said: “I’m glad we haven’t lost a very important ally, that’s great news. »
Meanwhile, a Ukrainian MP said her country was “really grateful” for the UK’s donation of long-range missiles, but said increased air support was needed to compete with Russia.
Britain sends its first long-range missiles after Vladimir Putin hit Kyiv’s outskirts for the first time since April.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said an unspecified number of M270 launchers are being provided, which can fire precision-guided rockets up to 50 miles – a longer range than any missile technology currently in use during the war. war.
“It will actually make a difference on the battlefield,” said Inna Sovsun, deputy leader of the Holos party.
“If it had happened sooner, we would have saved so many lives and a lot less damage would have been done. »
“It’s a good start and we really appreciate it, everyone in Ukraine knows that and we’re really grateful that it’s actually happening. »
“You have to understand that right now what is happening there is an artillery battle, whoever has the most artillery will win, and Ukraine unfortunately does not have that much artillery to fight against Russian artillery.
“Everyone says the same thing about the bravery of the Ukrainian army, and we totally agree with that, but bravery does not save you from Russian missiles and artillery. »
“Now it is starting to make a difference, again, we hope it will happen in more numbers and we hope it will happen as soon as possible. »
Ukrainian troops will be trained in the UK to use the equipment, Wallace said.
Mr Johnson said the systems will help Ukraine “effectively repel the continued Russian attack”.
Ms Sovsun said Ukraine still needed fighter jets, adding “we don’t have the air support we need”.
The Department of Defense said the decision to supply the launchers was closely coordinated with the US government, which said it would supply high-mobility artillery rocket systems to Ukraine.
The wreckage of residential buildings in Irpin, near Kyiv, after the Russian offensive
When the United States announced it would send the missiles, Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to hit new targets.
“If they are delivered, we will draw the appropriate conclusions and use our weapons, of which we have enough, to hit the objects that we have not yet touched,” he said in an interview with the chain of public television Russia-1, which was filmed on Friday.
Ms Sovsun, however, said that Mr Putin’s threats had not changed the situation for Ukraine.
She said, “He says ‘I’ll attack you if you get the weapons from the West’, but he’ll attack us anyway. »