Johnson warns that an eventual invasion of Ukraine would be a “political and humanitarian catastrophe”.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned on Tuesday that a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine would be a “political, humanitarian and military catastrophe” for “Moscow and the world” amid tensions at the border between the two countries.

In a press conference following a meeting with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, from Kiev, Johnson urged “to face the grim reality that more than 100,000 Russian soldiers are currently massed at the border,” making his trial “the largest.” Show” represents “hostility” against Kiev seen so far.

Johnson warns that an eventual invasion of Ukraine would be a “political and humanitarian catastrophe”.
Johnson warns that an eventual invasion of Ukraine would be a “political and humanitarian catastrophe”.

“This potential deployment dwarfs the 30,000 troops Russia sent to invade Crimea in 2014,” added Johnson, who lamented that 13,000 Ukrainians have died since then and Ukraine has been mired in conflict for nearly a decade.

Johnson has claimed that Putin is “putting a gun to Ukraine’s head” by “intimidating” him and has insisted that the deployment of Russian troops on Ukraine’s border poses “a clear danger”. “This is about the architecture of European security because there is no question about what I think Putin is trying to achieve,” he added.

In this regard, the “Prime Minister” has indicated that Ukraine will judge the UK and other countries on how they respond to and help this potential crisis. Johnson has reported ahead of the meeting with Zelensky that the UK will provide a £88 million (more than €105.7 million) package to help Ukraine, according to the BBC, money dedicated to “good governance and energy independence”. Kiev will help when justified.

In addition, Johnson reminded that Ukraine’s allied countries are working on a package of sanctions “and other measures” that would be activated as soon as Russia devours a movement on Ukrainian territory, recalling that London “always” respects Ukraine’s sovereignty in view of which I will defend Russian “aggression”.

“It is crucial that Russia (…) chooses the path of diplomacy, and I believe that this is still possible,” he added, although he has assured that in the event of an invasion, Ukraine will be “very, very will put up fierce resistance,” the Sky News chain has picked up.

For his part, Zelenskyy thanked Johnson for London’s support for Kiev and acknowledged that the British authorities already had legislation “at the ready” to expand the sanctions regime against Moscow if necessary. “We are very grateful to Britain for its support,” he said.

The Ukrainian President assured that the country was “preparing for the bad” and assured that “they will defend themselves”. “We protect our culture, language, traditions,” he continued.

Zelensky has insisted that an eventual invasion of Ukraine would pose “great risks” and that Russia “should listen to them”. “You should listen and understand that war is something nobody really wants. But at the same time we didn’t invite anyone to visit us with guns in hand,” he said, before assuring that “the occupation of a city or a territory” Ukrainians “will never happen.

If so, “this will be a full-fledged European war,” he warned. Finally, according to Zelenskyy, “preventive sanctions” against Russia could prevent a deeper escalation of tensions.

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss announced on Monday that the British Parliament has “ready” legislation that will allow London to extend the sanctions regime against Russia if it goes to Ukraine amid tensions on the border between the two countries invaded.

Johnson announced his visit to Ukraine after Britain’s executive asked defense and security chiefs to consider more defensive military options in Europe during a high-level briefing on the situation last week.

This weekend, Johnson explored a range of options to mitigate Russian aggression in the region, including renewed operations and beefing up NATO defenses in the face of growing Russian hostility.

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