Boris Johnson praises Ukraine for taking back Snake Island

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Boris Johnson has said Russia’s decision to abandon the prized strategic outpost of Snake Island demonstrates Ukraine’s ability to fight back.

The Prime Minister spoke to reporters from across the world today as he held a news conference at the close of Nato’s summit in Madrid.

He said it is ‘only logical and right’ to intensify military support to help Kyiv defend against Vladimir Putin’s invasion.

‘I think the right thing for us is to keep going on the course that Nato set out, no matter how difficult it may be,’ Johnson said.

He added: ‘It’s for Volodymyr Zelensky, his people, to decide what to do, whether they want to cut a deal with Russia … of course, that’s entirely a matter for them.’

He said it was the West’s job to simply ‘stand up for the principle of the right of the Ukrainians to protect themselves’.

Johnson’s speech came hours after Russia announced its withdrawal from Snake Islandoff Ukraine’s southern Black Sea coast.

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The retaking of Snake Island – a key strategic outpost – is being hailed as a major victory for Ukraine (Picture: AP)

The outpost is of great strategic value and became world famous when defiant border guards told sailors on the Russian Moskva warship: ‘Go f**k yourself’.

‘If you wanted evidence of the amazing ability of the Ukrainians to fight back to overcome adversity and to repel the Russians then look at what has happened just today on Snake Island, where again Russia has had to cede ground,’ Johnson said.

‘In the end it will prove impossible for Putin to hold down a country that will not accept his rule.’

Johnson added that he believes Ukrainians have the power to repel Russian forces from their country.

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