Britain has much to be proud of in its response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. We have been training Ukrainian troops since 2015. The UK was the first country to send defensive weapons and provide training on how to use them. British diplomacy has been pivotal in ensuring widespread support for financial sanctions against the Putin regime.

Not for nothing has President Volodymyr Zelensky been so complimentary of the British response, often expressing his gratitude and calling Britain a “reliable” friend. He is in regular communication with the Prime Minister and has praised him for enhancing Ukraine’s combat capabilities. The standing ovation Boris Johnson received from people attending the Ukrainian Cathedral of the Holy Family in Mayfair was discombobulating to his detractors.