Ukrainian news: Boris Johnson faces split in favor of military intervention | World | News

So far the UK has threatened economic sanctions against Russia if it invades Ukraine, the UK has also provided Ukraine with anti-tank weapons, armored vehicles and troops to train Ukrainian soldiers . The Prime Minister also promised to deploy British forces to Eastern European members of the NATO military alliance if Russian troops crossed Ukraine’s borders.

Currently, the UK has over 900 troops based in Estonia, over 100 in Ukraine on a training mission, while a light cavalry squadron of around 150 has been deployed in Poland. Boris Johnson is considering doubling those numbers and said the eventual deployment would send a ‘clear message to the Kremlin’. But in a January 26-31 poll of 3,769 Express.co.uk readers, 50% of voters said the UK should not send troops to Ukraine if Russia invades, while 43 % said it should, and a further 7% were unsure.

One reader commented: “No, we shouldn’t be involved, that’s the EU’s problem.

Another reader asked: “The Russians never fought near British shores. Why should we get involved near their borders? »

But one voter disagreed: “Poland is next for Putin after Ukraine, then the rest of Europe. Better to intervene now than later when they are established on the other side of the Channel.

When asked if voters supported British intervention in the conflict so far, 60% said they had, 37% said they had not and 3% weren’t sure.

However, a much larger majority thought it would be a good idea to impose further economic sanctions on Russia, with 73% urging the PM to act now, although 21% were against the idea and 6% did not. weren’t sure.

So why is the UK getting involved in the conflict?

The UK has a legal obligation to defend the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

In 1994, the UK – together with the US – signed a memorandum at an international conference in Budapest pledging “to respect Ukraine’s independence and sovereignty and existing borders”. They also promised to provide assistance to Ukraine if it “became a victim of an act of aggression”.

This was in exchange for Ukraine giving up its massive arsenal of nuclear weapons, a legacy of its membership in the Soviet Union.

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Moreover, a fundamental tenet of European security after World War II was that sovereign nations have the right to make their own choices and that borders cannot be changed by invading armies.

In a speech last week, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said, “Allowing Russia to violate these principles with impunity would take us all back to a much more dangerous and unstable time.

If war broke out in Ukraine, many civilians would likely flee and could create a new migration crisis.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov told BBC Hard Talk that several million people could leave: “It will be a disaster not only for Ukraine, it will be a disaster for Europe.”

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Boris Johnson and Western leaders seem ready to defend Ukraine.

Now the Prime Minister, who will visit Eastern Europe this week, has said the UK will not tolerate ‘destabilizing activity from Russia, and we will always stand with our NATO allies “.

He added: “If President Putin chooses the path of bloodshed and destruction, it will be a tragedy for Europe. Ukraine must be free to choose its own future.

Do you support Mr Johnson’s decision? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Christi C. Elwood