Ukraine thanks Boris Johnson as Zelenskyy adviser praises PM for 'realising threat of Russian monster'

Boris Johnson confirmed he is stepping down as Conservative Party leader

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Ukraine has thanked Boris Johnson for “realising the threat of the Russian monster” and for calling Vladimir Putin “evil” after the Prime Minister announced his resignation as the Conservative Party leader.

Mr Johnson has been widely praised for his reaction to the Russian invasion in Ukraine, forming a close bond with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

After stepping down as Tory Party leader earlier today, an adviser to the Office of Mr Zelenskyy praised the role the PM has played in the conflict.

Posting on Twitter, Mykhailo Podolyak said: “To be a leader – to call Russian evil an evil and to take responsibility in the hardest times. To be a leader – to be the first to arrive in Kyiv, despite missile attacks.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Boris Johnson announced his resignation earlier today
Boris Johnson announced his resignation earlier today

“Thanks Boris Johnson for realising the threat of Russian monster and always being at the forefront of supporting Ukraine.”

In a video posted alongside his tweet, Mr Podolyak added: “Today we have everything we need for the effective defence of the country: Weapons, partnership and coalition, and thanks to Mr Johnson, we understand that victory is a real symbol of the future in Ukraine.

“We are extremely grateful to our partners, Mr Johnson, for the opportunity to do our work effectively.”

Mr Johnson spoke to the Ukrainian President “to reiterate the United Kingdom’s steadfast support” as he quit as Tory leader.

“The Prime Minister highlighted the UK’s unwavering cross-party support for President Zelensky’s people, and said the UK would continue to supply vital defensive aid for as long as needed,” a Downing Street spokeswoman said.

“The Prime Minister added that he would continue to work at pace with partners to try and end the grain blockade in the coming weeks.

“He thanked President Zelenskyy for everything he’s doing to stick up for freedom, for his friendship and for the kindness of the Ukrainian people.

“President Zelenskyy thanked the Prime Minister for his decisive action on Ukraine, and said the Ukrainian people were grateful for the UK’s efforts.

“The Prime Minister finished the call by praising President Zelenskyy, saying: ‘You’re a hero, everybody loves you’.”