Johnson doubts Russian victory in Ukraine
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson acknowledged Russia's heroic role in defeating Nazism in Europe, but called its actions in Ukraine a “mistake” that had no clear strategic goal *
Russia played a heroic role in defeating Nazi Germany led by Adolf Hitler, but unlikely to win in Ukraine, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the Evening Standard.
“The Russians have a right to celebrate their heroic role in defeating Nazism,”— he said.
At the same time, the head of the British government called Russia's actions in Ukraine a “mistake” that did not have a clear strategic goal. In his opinion, for Russia “it is impossible to win” in the hostilities that began in Ukraine.
Johnson, along with other Western leaders, has repeatedly criticized the Russian special operation. At the same time, in April, he admitted that Russia could win in Ukraine. “The sad thing is that this is a real possibility,” — Johnson said. He also opined that Russia had a “huge army”, and also suggested that the fighting in Ukraine could continue until the end of 2023.
May 8, the day when the end of World War II is celebrated in Europe wars and the liberation of the continent from Nazism, the G7 (G7: US, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Canada and Japan) issued a statement saying that a Russian victory in Ukraine should not be allowed.
“We must do this for the sake of the memory of all those who fought for freedom during the Second World War, to continue to fight for it today for the sake of the people of Ukraine, Europe and the world community,” says the body of the document.
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The G7 online meeting was attended by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, whom the G7 assured of solidarity and support.
Commenting on the G7 statement, State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin said that the determination “to prevent victory” Western countries “recognized successes” Russia. He also expressed the opinion that Moscow “destroyed” plans for NATO expansion to the east. At the same time, at the end of April, Finland announced plans to apply for NATO membership in the coming weeks, and Sweden plans to take a similar step. The Times wrote that both countries could become members of the alliance in the summer.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a special operation to “demilitarize” and “denazification” Ukraine 24 February. He also explained its necessity to protect the population of Donbass from “genocide”; from the Kyiv authorities. The Ukrainian authorities, in response to the special operation, declared martial law and general mobilization.
At the end of March, the Ministry of Defense announced the completion of tasks in the Kiev and Chernihiv directions and announced that the main task of the Russian military— “complete liberation of Donbass”.
At the same time, Moscow and Kyiv are negotiating a peaceful settlement. The last face-to-face meeting of the delegations took place at the end of March, when the Ukrainian side handed over a number of proposals to the Russian side, including a neutral and nuclear-free status for Ukraine, as well as security guarantees for Kyiv that do not affect Crimea and Donbass.
Later Russian the authorities passed on response proposals to Ukraine, but, as Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, there was no reaction to them. Russian President Vladimir Putin also reported that negotiations with Kyiv had reached an impasse.
On May 9, the head of the delegation at the talks with Ukraine, Vladimir Medinsky, an aide to the President of Russia, said that the dialogue in the online format continues, but for a new meeting needs “more specifics”.
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