Boris 'convinced Putin will fail' as he pays tribute to 'inspiring' Zelensky

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Boris Johnson said he’s more convinced than ever Vladimir Putin ‘will fail’ as he paid tribute to the Ukrainian president who’s ‘inspired the world’.

The prime minister warned it is clear the Russian leader is ‘prepared to kill children’ and use other ‘barbaric, indiscriminate tactics’ as he gave a speech in Warsaw this morning.

But he added ‘we will succeed in protecting a democratic Ukraine’, and praised Volodymyr Zelenskyy who has rallied his nation and refused to leave – despite an offer from the US to airlift him out.

Standing alongside Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, the Tory leader said: ‘It is clear that Vladimir Putin is prepared to use barbaric and indiscriminate tactics against innocent civilians, to bomb tower blocks, to send missiles into tower blocks, to kill children as we are seeing in increasing numbers.

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‘He has fatally underestimated two things. The first is the passionate desire of the Ukrainian people to defend and protect their own country.

‘May I pay tribute to the leadership and courage that is being shown by Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

‘I think he has inspired and mobilised not only his own people but the world in outrage of what has happened.’

He continued: ‘We will continue to support our Ukrainian friends and we will continue to do that for as long as it takes.

‘One day or another I am absolutely convinced, I am more convinced than ever as this hideous conflict continues, that Putin will fail.’

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