We don’t need tanks to guard the Rhineland, we need them in Ukraine, Johnson said

We don’t need tanks to guard the Rhineland, we need them in Ukraine, Johnson said
We don’t need tanks to guard the Rhineland, we need them in Ukraine, Johnson said

Johnson appeared in Ukraine over the weekend. He met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and visited the towns of Buča and Boroďanka, which have become synonymous with Russian atrocities.

Seeing the level of destruction the Russian invasion left on Ukrainian cities shook Johnson. “Look at these brave Ukrainians and answer my question: what the hell are we waiting for?” he describes his feelings in his article for the British tabloid Daily Mail.

The former former prime minister was among the harshest critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin and a big supporter of Ukrainians. He continues to defend military aid to Ukraine even now.

“Every day that passes, more innocents are sacrificed, more brave Ukrainian soldiers killed, and more young Russians sent to this meat grinder,” Johnson points out. “Let me ask the question again. What conceivable reasons could there be for the delay? Why aren’t we giving the Ukrainians all the help they need now that they need it?”

Johnson is convinced that the Ukrainians are heading for victory, but the question is when they will achieve it. “The sooner we help the Ukrainians achieve their inevitable victory, the sooner their suffering ends and the sooner the whole world, including Russia, can begin to recover from Putin’s disaster. This requires all of us in the West, all friends of Ukraine, to double and triple our support.”

Kyiv has repeatedly asked for German Leopard tanks, but Berlin is reluctant, despite pressure from Poland and other countries. The supply of American Abrams tanks is also on the table, but Washington has argued against providing this technology to the Ukrainians, saying that the tanks are too heavy for training and maintenance, and they also use specific fuel. However, according to the media, both countries could change their stance this week.

Johnson proudly praised his country for deciding to send Challenger tanks to Ukraine, setting “an example for other countries to follow”. “Now is the time for others to follow our lead”.

“Where does the western world need to deploy these tanks at this point? Watch North Rhine-Westphalia? Protect Tennessee? Roaming the Wiltshire villages?” asks Johnson.

Putin’s endgame

Johnson warns that while Putin has faced recent defeats, he still has room to take and is preparing a “counter-strike”. Both Ukrainian and Western officials warn of an intensification of fighting in the spring. Johnson joins those who believe that the Ukrainians do not need Western weapons just to withstand the Russian offensive, but mainly so that they can take the initiative themselves.

The head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley, said that the promised supplies of military equipment and related training will be needed in the event of a difficult expulsion of the Russians from Ukrainian territory. “It would be ideal if the supplies of weapons and military equipment could be used by the Ukrainians sometime before the spring rains come,” said the highest-ranking American general.

The former British prime minister believes it will now be crucial for the Ukrainians to take control of the land bridge, or strip of Russian-occupied Ukrainian territory stretching along the coast from the Donbass to Crimea, which currently blocks Ukrainian access to the Sea of ​​Azov. If the Ukrainians manage to get it back or at least split it in half, “it’s game over for Putin.”

According to Johnson, there is no need to worry about Putin escalating the war, given that he has already shown what he is capable of “even without the slightest provocation.” Johnson does not believe that the Kremlin would resort to the use of nuclear weapons, because this would drive away its last allies, including the most important one, China. And last but not least, he would turn the Russian public against himself, the ex-prime minister thinks.

According to Johnson, the West should therefore not be afraid of any Russian threats and accept Ukraine into NATO. He emphasized that the result of Ukraine’s non-admission to the North Atlantic Alliance is “the bloodiest war in Europe in the last 80 years.”

“It is not our job to worry about Putin,” says the ex-prime minister, adding that Putin, with his control of the Russian information space, will find a way to explain the loss in Ukraine. “Our job is to help Ukraine win as quickly as possible.”

The article is in Czech

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