Boris Johnson to say now not time to give up on Ukraine

Boris Johnson to say now not time to give up on Ukraine
Boris Johnson visited Kyiv recently for talks with President Zelensky

 Boris Johnson will pledge further financial support for Ukraine at a series of summits with world leaders.

He will call on allies to continue to support Kiev against Moscow's "barbarism", saying that now is not the time to abandon Ukraine.

The Prime Minister will pledge guarantees in the amount of 429 million pounds for loans from the World Bank.

He will attend the G7 summit in Germany and the NATO meeting in Madrid on Sunday, as his leadership is being questioned.

Mr. Johnson is expected back in the UK on Thursday.

The defeats in the by-elections in Wakefield and Tiverton and Honiton on Friday have led to calls for a change of leadership, with Conservative Party co-leader Oliver Dowden leaving his post saying it could not be "business as usual".

In an interview with the BBC's Today programme on Saturday, the Prime Minister said that while he accepted criticism "humbly and sincerely", he also had to distinguish between "criticism that is really important and criticism that is not important".

Voters were "fed up with talking about me," he said, and instead wanted to focus on the cost of living, the economy, and "standing up against violence and aggression" in Ukraine.

Speaking ahead of the G7 summit, which was held in the Bavarian Alps, Johnson said: "Future generations will be impressed and inspired by the truly heroic Ukrainian resistance to Putin's barbarism.

"Ukraine can win and it will win. But she needs our support for this. Now is not the time to give up Ukraine".

He warned against encouraging Ukrainians to settle for a "bad peace" in which they are "invited to give up parts of their territory in exchange for a truce" in the war against Russia.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will address the G7 countries - Great Britain, USA, Canada, Japan, France, Germany, and Italy - by video link on Sunday.

Ukraine is urgently asking for further financial assistance, as it fears that without further support it may run out of funds by the fall.

With the loan guarantees provided by the UK, the package of economic and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine will increase to £ 1.5 billion.

Boris Johnson will also call on Western allies to tighten sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin and his allies.

At the NATO summit, the Prime Minister will also push for an increase in defense spending throughout the alliance and support the accession requests of Sweden and Finland.