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Boris Johnson presented Volodymyr Zelenskyy with Winston Churchill Leadership Award for ‘courage, defiance, and dignity’

Boris Johnson presented Volodymyr Zelenskyy with Winston Churchill Leadership Award for ‘courage, defiance, and dignity’

Prime Minister of the UK Boris Johnson presented the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy with the Sir Winston Churchill Leadership Award.

“Volodymyr’s courage, defiance, and dignity — all Churchillian qualities — have moved the hearts of millions and stirred a global wave of solidarity,” said Boris Johnson.

The prime minister praised Zelenskyy and pointed out that he chose to stay in the capital Kyiv as Churchill did in London in 1940 while the Nazis invaded France.

“As you stand against barbarism, you have become a symbol of the heroism of the Ukrainian people,” summarized Johnson when appealing to Zelenskyy.

The country’s ambassador to the UK, Vadym Prystaiko, was in London to accept the honor on his president’s behalf while Mr. Zelenskyy listened to the ceremony virtually.

“The democracies of the world are capable of stopping any tyranny. We are capable of stopping any evil that threatens our freedom. Only the joint leadership of the entire free world can be enough for this,” said Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

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