May 17, 2022

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Boris Johnson admits the "realistic possibility" that Russia may win the war in Ukraine, and that it may last until the end of 2023

Boris Johnson admits the “realistic possibility” that Russia may win the war in Ukraine, and that it may last until the end of 2023

Boris Johnson visits the Mahatma Gandhi memorial in New Delhi, India.Stephane Russo / WPA Pool / Getty Images

  • Boris Johnson has acknowledged that it is a “realistic possibility” that Russia will win the war in Ukraine.

  • He also acknowledged suggestions that the war could continue until the end of 2023.

  • Johnson added that the Russian president “will not be able to overcome the spirit of the Ukrainian people.”

Boris Johnson said there was a “realistic possibility” that the war in Ukraine could continue until the end of next year, but insisted that Vladimir Putin would not succeed in trying to “crush the Ukrainians”.

During a press conference in India on Friday, the Prime Minister was asked about the comments of Western officials who suggested this Putin was “still in a position to win,“Despite making strategic mistakes, and whether the war will continue until the end of 2023.

“Sadly, this is a realistic possibility,” Johnson said.

“Putin has a huge army. He has a very difficult political position because he has made a huge mistake. The only option he has now is to continue trying to use his horrific and grinding approach – led by artillery – to try to grind down the Ukrainians. And he is very close to securing a land bridge in Mariupol.”

The prime minister, warning that the situation was still “unexpected”, praised the “amazing heroism of the Ukrainians and their willingness to fight.”

“No matter how much military superiority Vladimir Putin may be able to achieve in the next few months – and I agree it may be a long time – he will not be able to conquer the spirit of the Ukrainian people,” he added.

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“This is just an observable fact. On the contrary, what he does every day strengthens and strengthens the will of resistance of the people of Ukraine.”

Johnson, Who is under pressure back home because of Party Gate’s long saga, He said Britain and its allies would “look at what we can do more militarily,” highlighting a shipment of armored vehicles being sent to the region and plans to help “bunk” tanks in Poland, as well as imposing economic sanctions, vowing “wave after wave to step up pressure on Putin.” “.

Despite this lack of certainty, the prime minister also revealed that Britain will reopen its closed embassy in Kyiv.

The British government said in February, days before Russia invaded Ukraine, that its embassy office in Kyiv was temporarily moving and staff were working from an embassy office in the western city of Lviv.

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