UK vows to reopen Kyiv embassy, will not act ‘passively as Putin carries on this onslaught’

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced Friday that his nation plans to reopen its embassy within the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv subsequent week as he vowed that the “United Kingdom and our allies will not watch passively as Putin carries on this onslaught.” 

The reopening comes after Britain introduced on Feb. 18 – earlier than Russia’s bloody invasion started – that its embassy and employees in Kyiv was relocating quickly to the western Ukrainian metropolis of Lviv. 

“The extraordinary fortitude and the success of President Zelenskyy and the Ukrainian people in resisting Russian forces in Kyiv, means that I can announce today that we will shortly – next week – re-open our embassy in Ukraine’s capital city,” Johnson mentioned, in keeping with Reuters

The British embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, is seen on Jan. 24, 2022.

The British embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, is seen on Jan. 24, 2022.
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Johnson additionally mentioned Putin made a “catastrophic blunder” by invading Ukraine, however it remained a risk that Russia may nonetheless win there, Reuters stories. 

“The situation is, I’m afraid, unpredictable at this stage, but we’ve just got to be realistic about that,” Johnson reportedly mentioned. 

Ukrainians hold a banner as they take part at a rally to thank Great Britain for supplying Ukraine with weapons, outside the British Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine on Jan. 21.

Ukrainians maintain a banner as they participate at a rally to thank Nice Britain for supplying Ukraine with weapons, exterior the British Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine on Jan. 21.
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He was additionally quoted as saying that “we’re looking at sending tanks to Poland to help them as they send some of their T-72s [tanks] to Ukraine.” 

Each day Put up’ Simon Owen contributed to this report.

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