Ben Wallace, speaking to Sky News, said Britain would remain “full square behind” Ukraine in spite of the domestic turmoil facing the UK over the resignation of Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Mr Wallace, who himself is a candidate for the next leader of the country, lauded Mr Johnson’s efforts on Ukraine but said support for the country would still be administered and that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was aware of this.
The Sky News reporter asked: “Given that Ukraine regards the UK with such high esteem, and there’s that personal bond between President Zelensky and Boris Johnson, Mr Zelensky must be looking at what’s happening in London and wondering what’s happening to his key ally.
“What can you do to reassure [Ukraine]?”
Mr Wallace said: “Well, I think he knows, because he has been visited by a range of parliamentarians, as has my counterpart the defence minister, that Britain is full square behind them.
“And, you know, the assistance the UK gives to Ukraine is not just from one person. Not me, not the Prime Minister. It is the whole effort.
“Actions matter in all of this and while the Prime Minister will be incredibly sad to leave this post, he has led from the front on Ukraine, as he had done on Covid and, obviously, Brexit, and I think that is not lost on many people.”
The defence secretary’s comments came as further Ukrainians died at the hands of Russia as a missile strike hit the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk.
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