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Boris Johnson’s resignation as prime minister is not expected to have a significant impact on UK support for Ukraine even as the war against Russia drags on and costs continue to accumulate.

“As far as British policy is concerned, we believe it will remain unchanged,” former Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan told Fox News Digital. “Regardless of who comes to take over as Prime Minister, he will pay the same attention to the international agenda.”

Johnson on Thursday announced his intention to step down from the top position following growing demands for resignations from within his own party along with dozens of ministers who have left his cabinet due to a series of scandals that had led to a “loss of confidence” on the part of the public.

FILE – In this image provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, left, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, shake hands as they stroll through downtown Kiev, Ukraine on Saturday, April 9, 2022. When British Prime Minister Boris Johnson survived a vote of no confidence this week, at least one other world leader shared his relief. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said it was “excellent news” that “we have not lost a very important ally”. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP, File)
(Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP, File)

But with Johnson’s resignation comes the fear that Ukraine has lost one of its most loyal allies: only perhaps President Biden has remained so openly committed to defending Ukraine in the face of the Russian invasion.

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Johnson made two separate visits to Kiev, including one shortly after Russia’s withdrawal from the capital, as a show of support and confidence in Ukraine’s achievements. The first visit drew acclaim from all corners for Johnson’s bravery to enter a war zone.

But on Thursday, British Defense Minister Ben Wallace reassured Ukraine that the UK would remain “fully behind” Kiev despite Johnson’s resignation.

“The assistance the UK is providing to Ukraine is not just from one person,” Wallace told Sky News. “Not me, not the Prime Minister. It’s all the effort.”

“Actions count in all of this and while the Prime Minister will be incredibly sad to leave this post, he drove from the front in Ukraine, as he did on Covid and, of course, Brexit, and I don’t think many people are lost.”

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Ted Bromund, senior researcher at the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, told Fox News Digital that he doesn’t believe the UK will change its stance, as the party itself has promoted an anti-Putin stance and agenda that won’t go away with Johnson. .

“You have to bear in mind that, you know, the UK has had Russian killings on its soil, it has a long history of troops deployed to the Baltic nations in support of the NATO mission,” he said. “It has a long history, unlike France and Germany, of actually being willing to put his money where his mouth is up to oppose the Russians.”

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kiev, Ukraine on Saturday, March 9, 2022.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kiev, Ukraine on Saturday, March 9, 2022.
(Embassy of Ukraine in the United Kingdom)

And Ukrainian officials don’t question Britain’s commitment to supporting Ukraine, no matter who takes over. Omelyan said he was “very grateful for all of Boris Johnson’s efforts to help Ukraine and we believe he was him and he is still a great charismatic leader”.

“We want to do our best to be with our allies in the first year of the year and with this great memory and great effort, I think the previous policy will remain the same,” he said. “In Ukraine, we are all very grateful to us and great in difficult circumstances.”

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Support for Ukraine has faltered in Europe, with polls indicating that after strong solidarity with Kiev in the first 100 days of the invasion, public opinion now appears more divided on long-term goals. The European Council for Foreign Relations noted that most countries would prefer a “peace” solution rather than continuing to pursue “justice” for Ukraine.

Former Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan joined the Territorial Defense Force on the first day of the invasion.

Former Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan joined the Territorial Defense Force on the first day of the invasion.
(Volodymyr Omelyan)

But Omelyan believes that the threat of Russian aggression against other European nations will prompt the leaders of those countries to continue supporting Ukraine in its defense: French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi have visited Kiev and met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy just last month as a “message of European unity”.

“We understand it’s not about people getting angry or bored, let’s say,” Omeylan said. “This war in Europe is about the future”.

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“If you remember the first weeks of the war, not all the leaders of the European Union or the European nation supported Ukraine very much, but the people stayed with us,” he added. “The big difference is that the leaders have finally understood the threat from Russia and will do everything possible.”

“The Ukrainians are dying, but the Europeans continue not to lose their lives. I hope it never happens that war reaches the European Union or NATO member states.”

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