We must ignore the defeatist voices who propose to sell out Ukraine

The Ukrainian people do not have the luxury to feel fatigued. Nor can the rest of the free world

. FOREIGN SECRETARY.

MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS FOR UKRAINE

June 25

A woman walks past a shell crater in front of a damaged residential building in the town of Siversk, Donetsk region, on June 23, 2022, amid Russia's military invasion launched on Ukraine.

The United Kingdom stands side-by-side with Ukraine on its path as a free European democracy. We strengthened this through our trilateral partnership with Poland. Now more than ever, we stand together.

President Zelenskyy and Prime Minister Boris Johnson are united in defence of Europe’s security and freedom. The two of us have struck up a close friendship as Foreign Ministers, seeing eye-to-eye on Russia and many other issues.

The partnership between our great nations is based on the fundamental principle that people should be free to choose their own future. Yet this is anathema to Vladimir Putin. He feels threatened by the prospect of neighbouring free democracies like Ukraine succeeding as it risks exposing the failures of authoritarianism. So he is now hell-bent on snuffing out the flame of freedom in Ukraine through all-out war.

To get peace and protect our way of life, Ukraine and the free world need to stay strong and united. We must ignore the defeatist voices who insist people are beginning to tire and who propose to sell out Ukraine for a quick end to the unrelenting horror.

The Ukrainian people do not have the luxury to feel fatigued. Nor can the rest of the free world. The evidence of heinous war crimes continues to mount, from the bombardment of innocent Ukrainian civilians to rape, torture and abduction.

Russian forces are weaponising global hunger by stopping Ukrainian grain exports and stealing harvests. Russian proxies have breached the Geneva Convention in the way they treat prisoners of war, including British citizens serving in the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

It is therefore imperative that the G7 and NATO this week demonstrate that their commitment to Ukraine will never be surpassed by Putin’s determination to seize it. That means increasing and speeding up their supply of heavy weapons, continuing to sanction all those colluding in Putin’s war, and cutting off imports of Russian energy completely.

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President Zelenskyy and Prime Minister Boris Johnson are united in defence of Europe’s security and freedom CREDIT: STRINGER /UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SER/AFP via Getty Images

Every weapon delivered will help the people of Ukraine repel Russian forces, retake cities currently under fire like Severodonetsk and those controlled by Russia like Kherson. Every sanction will help starve Putin’s war machine of funding and save more innocent civilians from further barbarism. The Ukrainian people are fighting fearlessly for their homeland. They can win this battle, and will win it with the free world’s unyielding support.

That is why the UK is at the vanguard in supplying heavy weapons. British M270 multiple-launch rocket systems are on their way to help Ukraine defend against Russian long-range artillery. The UK has already provided £1.3 billion in military aid, including anti-tank missiles, air defence systems, armoured vehicles and training. The people of Ukraine will forever remember what the UK did in its darkest hour.

The UK is increasing its sanctions, with further legislation this week on a range of trade bans, and more to come over the next month. The free world, collectively, needs to bear down harder to cut Russia off from its key sources of foreign income: energy and other exports such as gold.

We cannot be cowed by Putin trying to gas-light the world with lurid threats. Whenever NATO has stood up to his bullying, he has been forced to back down, not double down. His aggression is only succeeding in encouraging more nations to join the world’s most successful defensive alliance.

There will come a time for peace. But it needs to be a good and lasting peace. Putin’s path to the negotiating table runs through the battlegrounds of Ukraine. He will only be serious about negotiations once the Ukrainian people have pushed his troops back.

Ukraine’s supporters need to all play their part in ensuring President Zelenskyy can negotiate from a position of strength by facing a weakened Putin. That is essential for peace to endure.

There can be no negotiated settlement which replicates the Minsk Agreement, which came at the expense of Ukraine’s sovereignty, security and territorial integrity.

Those who propose sacrificing Ukraine’s land are actually proposing paying in Ukrainian blood for the illusion of peace. It will be a mirage unless accompanied by the restitution of Ukrainian territory and the containment of Putin’s imperialism.

Putin has made clear he will not stop at Ukraine in his ambitions, but go further by targeting other sovereign nations – especially those he believes perniciously are part of Russia. That is why no one can feel secure until Russia retreats from Ukraine and is never able to perpetrate such aggression again.

The Ukrainian people are not just fighting for their future but also the future of freedom and democracy across Europe and the wider world. This is everyone’s war because Ukraine’s victory is in all our interests, however long it takes.

Together, we can secure Ukraine’s future in a Europe whole and free, where peace prevails once again.

8 comments

  1. Good article by two thoughtful and capable people.
    “It is therefore imperative that the G7 and NATO this week demonstrate that their commitment to Ukraine will never be surpassed by Putin’s determination to seize it. That means increasing and speeding up their supply of heavy weapons, continuing to sanction all those colluding in Putin’s war, and cutting off imports of Russian energy completely.”

    And a lot more besides that is needed: a modern Air Force, unlimited ammo, 300 MLRS’s with full range capability, tomahawk cruise missiles and above all, an integrated air defence system for key cities like Kyiv, Odessa and Mykolaiv.

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  2. “The Ukrainian people are not just fighting for their future but also the future of freedom and democracy across Europe and the wider world. This is everyone’s war because Ukraine’s victory is in all our interests, however long it takes.”

    It will remain a hard struggle for as long as many in Europe and North America cannot grasp this truth.
    Zelensky has been begging for more and better weapons on a daily basis. It’s beyond me why the reluctant leaders of the free world must be practically forced to help Ukraine more effectively. An Ukraine defeat is also their defeat.
    Can’t mention it enough, it seems, but China is watching this very closely. It’s already seen a lackluster effort by some of the world’s biggest democracies in its effort to not only help Ukraine but to punish the perpetrator, and has taken notes. India, Brazil, Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba, many African countries, all the “stan” nations, North Korea too. Look at the population and economic size of these nations. They vastly outnumber us! We cannot afford to let mafia land win this war! This is a Pandora’s Box that must be kept tightly shut! When will the various appeasing politicians see this truth?

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  3. I thank God for individuals like Boris, Duda and others. It’s their voices combined with Zelensky and other and all Ukrainian voices that will get us through this. Don’t know if it’s God will, but I do thank that we have a President who was an actor that is now able to show the tenacity, determination, the indivisible spirit of all Ukrainians worldwide. I pray our Cheerleaders continue to help us get through all this. IMHO

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  4. Liudmila had mentioned that there’s some Ukrainians who are either cowardly giving up to hide, and do nothing, or are even collaborating with the Russian. She told me how this infuriates her, it makes her so angry that she was shaking in rage when she heard about traitors in Kyiv. She knows that she’s not a fighting woman, but she wants to do what she could, so she donated blood, and has been volunteering with helping refugees.

    I must also say that I’m surprised at the level of support this article gives to Boris Johnson. Though I’m an American, I follow a bit of news dedicated to Britain, and there’s recently been a lot of unrest against UK Tories. Apparently this is eroding the PM’s support of local Britons for Johnson, and the Liberals are seizing more political power. I think that’s been driven by resentment against the covid lockdowns, with the admittedly hypocritical birthday party he celebrated at the PM’s address at Downey Street, adding a lot more to this.

    Still, as an American, it pains me to say that Johnson is actually doing more than biden. He may be my country’s president, but he’s also the weakest, most pathetic, and stupid president I’ve ever read about. His policies seem to be a giant grab-bag of every economic mistake that can be tried. He’s refusing to allow Americans to use our own national resources. It’s partly because of this, that living in Ukraine as a citizen there, in the middle of Russia’s invasion, actually seems preferable to facing American debt as a citizen here. The only thing holding me back from moving to living as a Ukrainian citizen, is that I live under the American Constitution, and biden seems determined to destroy that.

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  5. I’m wondering what it is, that makes the spam filter think some of my comments should be kept out. I know it’s just an automated system, but the one I’d wrote on this article seemed (at least it does to me, personally) to be a relevant commentary about defeatism, and I’d described Liudmila’s outrage against the traitorous cowards she’s heard about locally. I mentioned how I admire Johnson for doing better than that disgusting pathetic excuse of an American president, biden. This even though he’s supposed to put the general interests of Americans like me first. I’d even mentioned that I might consider moving to live as a Ukrainian with my beautiful Liudmila, in the middle of the war, and I’d join the fight against Russia! Biden forsakes the American ideal so much, that personally choosing to fight a Russian invasion seems almost preferable now.

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    • I found the above comment in the Spam folder Mac, sorry about that. It is approved and above now. I also found 2 thousand spam comments with probably 5 thousands links to various products from Canada….just yesterday…
      I can’t control the spam but if your comments doesn’t get posts please let me or Sir Focusser know we can fix it for you.

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      • I’m not sure how to let you or Sir Focusser know about blocked comments, beyond just saying it in a typical comment. That part about thousands of links “advertising” probably fraudulent Canadian products doesn’t surprise me. Though they are still formally counted as part of the free world, in many ways, the Canadian government has been behaving much like communist china. Especially recently, with the persecution of churches in the middle of the covid lockdowns. One of the right-wing news sources I follow, even described what sounded like chinese paramilitary infiltrating a Canadian community on their west coast. I don’t subscribe to crackpot paranoia, but Canada does seem to be trending towards a society where the only way to get anything, is to steal it. I pray that their citizens will realize what their situation is becoming, before they’re too stuck in the leftism.

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