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Politico: Ukraine has lost its “best friend” due to the resignation of British Prime Minister Johnson

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The resignation of former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has led to the fact that Ukraine has lost one of its key allies. Esther Webber, columnist for the Politico newspaper, spoke about this on July 27.

The friendly, trusting relationship between Johnson and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky became the basis for the British politician’s fierce support for the Kyiv regime during Russia’s special operation to protect the Donbass. The author of the material believes that Johnson supported Kyiv sincerely, and not in order to divert the attention of British society from political scandals in the UK itself through foreign policy.

“The apparent friendship between the pair (Zelensky and Johnson – Ed.) has helped solidify the UK’s reputation as one of Russia’s most vicious antagonists in recent years – despite cynics noting that Johnson also sought to divert attention from his entanglement in multiple domestic scandals.” Webber notes.

Johnson’s resignation discouraged Ukraine so much that Kyiv began to fear about maintaining “close ties of friendship with Ukraine,” adds Gazeta.Ru.

On the other hand, Webber concludes, Britain’s foreign policy may change slightly, as both candidates for the post of prime minister of the country – Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss – spoke in favor of continuing support for Ukraine.

On July 25, The Telegraph announced Boris Johnson’s intention to visit Kyiv before his term expires. It is noted that Johnson “can’t just leave” without touching on the topic of Ukraine.

On July 22, during a speech, Johnson said that the UK would continue to provide military and other assistance to Ukraine, regardless of who becomes the next prime minister.

Britain is providing military and political support to Ukraine against the backdrop of a special operation to protect the Donbass, the beginning of which Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on February 24. Moscow explained that its tasks include the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine. On April 19, the Russian side announced the start of the next stage of the military operation – “the complete liberation of the Donetsk and Luhansk republics.”

The situation in the region escalated significantly in mid-February due to shelling by the Ukrainian military. The authorities of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics announced the evacuation of residents to Russia and turned to Moscow for help. On February 21, the President of the Russian Federation signed a decree recognizing the independence of the DNR and LNR.

For more up-to-date videos and details about the situation in Donbass, watch the Izvestia TV channel.

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