If every country was ‘as brave as Britain and Ukraine’ then Russia would have already lost, Ukrainian President Zelensky has said.
In a speech to the Chatham House think-tank, Zelensky said:
“If everyone in the world – or at least the vast majority – were steadfast and courageous leaders as Ukraine, as Britain, I am sure we would have already ended this war and restored peace throughout our liberated territory for all our people.
But we still have to fight. Fight. As you, Boris, said, addressing our Verkhovna Rada the day before yesterday, we are still writing one of the most victorious chapters in our history.
And now we can assess the significance of this chapter, in particular, by the following fact: 11,672 of our defenders have already been awarded state awards for courage and effective defense of Ukraine. In a little over ten weeks. 11,672 people.
And a few minutes before this address, I signed a decree awarding another 286 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. It is on the shoulders of these brave warriors and their brothers-in-arms that Ukraine and, to be honest, the whole of Europe are now standing.
And I thank you for your really effective support of this struggle. Bravery is rightly believed the first of human qualities as it guarantees all others.
Thank you, Britain!”
On top of the £450m worth of aid already provided, Britain recently pledged more.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed Kyiv’s parliament on Tuesday, during which he announced a new £300million package of military support to the country.
The UK has already sent thousands of missiles, including anti-aircraft weapons in addition to armoured vehicles and other heavy weaponry. The new £300m military aid package will include electronic warfare equipment, a counter battery radar system, GPS jamming equipment and thousands of night vision devices.