Ukrainians fear that the horrors in Gaza and Israel are hogging the attention their Western backers. Some suspect that Vladimir Putin and his Iranian allies encouraged the Hamas atrocities precisely to open a second front against the democracies.
This way of thinking also contrasts with the naive counting of the civilian dead. In this tradition, war can be a necessary evil, but that judgement requires attention to its practical consequences.
It was my fourth visit to the country since Russia tried, but failed, to launch a full-scale invasion in February last year. The strength of my commitment to Ukraine grows with each visit.
The Prime Minister was speaking following the NATO summit.
It may not be possible for the West to find one, but it’s in our interest to try – no less than to support war-torn, Putin-invaded Ukraine.
British support for Ukraine has so far been unwavering. But how long would it survive the return of Donald Trump?
Meanwhile British and American voters both back supporting Kyiv – but differ from the Ukrainians on what that should look like.
This isn’t the time for ambiguity, but clarity: now give them the tools so they can finish the job and free all their territory, including Crimea.
We need action. And we need ministers who understand how to exercise power. They need to use that power to take decisions and make sure they are implemented.
Ukraine’s President thanks Britain, Johnson and Sunak and tells MPs and peers that “we know freedom will win. We know Russia will lose.”
The Ukrainian President transformed the atmosphere at Westminster, uniting past British heroes with the present heroes fighting to evict his country’s invaders.
The Prime Minister also confirms “we will continue to support Ukraine to ensure a decisive military victory on the battlefield this year.”
The universally hawkish attitude of British elites rests on shaky assumptions about the progress of the war and America’s priorities.
With Britain’s credibility in Kyiv unparalleled, we are best-placed to raise the question of how this war might end, with an eye to Russia’s stability and re-integration into the international system.
As I crossed the border after three days that I will never forget, I felt a mixture of despair, admiration and optimism.