British Prime Minister Boris Johnson compared Ukraine’s fight against the Russian invasion to Britain’s exit from the European Union or “Brexit” in a speech to the Conservative Party Conference Saturday.
“I know it’s the instinct of the people of this country, like the Ukrainian people, to choose freedom every time,” Johnson said. “I can give you some famous recent examples. When Britons voted in such large numbers for Brexit, I don’t think they were hostile to foreigners.
“It’s because they wanted to be free to do things differently and for this country to be able to run itself,” he added.
The comments come as the UK offers to pay $456 a month to host Ukrainian refugees fleeing their war-torn country.
“The UK is supporting Ukraine in its darkest hour and the British public understands the need to get as many people to safety as quickly as possible,” said Michael Gove, the country’s housing minister, during the update. implementation of the “Homes for Ukraine” programme. announced in March.
The UN reported on Friday that more than 6 million Ukrainians had been displaced inside Ukraine during the invasion. Others were forced to flee to neighboring countries, including Poland.
Johnson said “we thank and applaud” those who open their homes to Ukrainian refugees.
“We stand with the people of Ukraine and our hearts go out to them,” Johnson said. “With each day that Ukraine’s heroic resistance continues, it is clear that Putin made a catastrophic mistake.”
Johnson and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky have spoken several times since the invasion began, with the UK giving Ukraine more than 220 million since the invasion began.
The government said €100 million would go to help Ukraine’s economy, while another €120 million would be used for humanitarian aid.