Ukraine war: Putin must fail and must be seen to fail -Boris Johnson

Amidst the Russia-Ukraine war, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out a six-point plan to defeat Russian President Vladimir Putin, including rapidly strengthening defences in Nato countries.

According to Johnson, world leaders must embark a revived effort to guarantee Russia’s “horrific” invasion of Ukraine fails.

Writing in the New York Times, the prime minister said “it is not future historians but the people of Ukraine who will be our judge”.

However, Labour criticised the PM for not acting more hastily over sanctions.

Ahead of a series of meetings with international leaders, the prime minister said: “Putin must fail and must be seen to fail in this act of aggression.

“It is not enough to express our support for the rules-based international order – we must defend it against a sustained attempt to rewrite the rules by military force.” He added.

The attack was denounced by 141 nations at the UN General Assembly this week while 39 countries, co-ordinated by the UK, made the largest-ever referral for war crimes to the International Criminal Court.

However, Mr Johnson is ready to call on world leaders to make a “renewed and concerted effort” to stop Russian President Vladimir Putin, Downing Street reported.

In his six-point plan to retain pressure on Mr Putin, the prime minister said:
World leaders should mobilise an “international humanitarian coalition” for Ukraine.

They should also help Ukraine “in its efforts to provide for its own self-defence”

The international community must withstand Russia’s “creeping normalisation” of its actions in Ukraine

Diplomatic resolutions to the war must be followed, but only with the full participation of Ukraine’s legitimate government

There should be a “rapid campaign to strengthen security and resilience” among Nato countries.

The prime minister is also anticipated to deliver his message at meetings with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte at Downing Street on Monday.

He will on Tuesday host leaders of the V4 group of central European nations: the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

According to Downing Street, these countries are already suffering a humanitarian crisis, with 1.4 million people fleeing Ukraine to neighbouring nations in just 10 days. Mr Johnson said: “The world is watching.”

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