UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson hospitalized a day after Kyiv visit

Johnson said Britain will give Ukraine the 'strategic endurance' to prevail against Russia's offensive. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Reuters)

No10 has announced that Boris Johnson underwent surgery for a sinus condition on Monday morning.

His spokesman stated that the Prime Minister underwent a "minor" procedure under general anesthesia at an unnamed NHS hospital in London this morning and is currently resting in Downing Street.

The patient left his home at 6 a.m. and returned to Westminster at 10 a.m. without utilizing an ambulance following the scheduled operation.

It would be the first time the Prime Minister has been hospitalized since he contracted Covid in the spring of 2020, and according to his spokesman, the two are unrelated.

He told reporters today that the Prime Minister had a minor sinus procedure.

This morning he will be resting, and I will provide an update this afternoon.

He added that significant decisions would be delegated to Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab in the next twenty-four hours.

According to a spokesperson, Mr. Johnson's return to work will depend on how he feels, but he is scheduled to preside over the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning.

The spokeswoman said that Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab and Cabinet Secretary Simon Case were informed in advance and that Mr. Johnson was in control for a "relatively brief time."

He stated, "Operationally, my understanding is that there is a 24-hour period from the time the operation begins... during which significant decisions would likely be deferred to the Deputy Prime Minister in the first instance."

Now, we do not anticipate it being required, but we do have the capability to do so.

He stated that the operation was covered by the NHS and had been scheduled "for a while" without identifying which hospital it took place in.

Mr. Johnson made a second unannounced visit to Ukraine on Saturday, a day after Emmanuel Macron and EU leaders made their initial visit to the city.

In Kyiv, the Prime Minister was photographed sharing a warm embrace with President Zelensky, who addressed him by his first name.

After visiting a graveyard of Russian military vehicles, Mr. Johnson offered additional military support to evict Russian forces from the war-torn country, including training for more than 120,000 troops.

At that moment, he added at a joint news conference, discussions on Ukraine's future might commence.

'We will continue, as we have from the beginning, to provide the military equipment you require – and now, of course, the training that may be required to go with that new equipment – so that you, the Ukrainian people, and the Ukrainian armed forces can do what I believe Ukrainians yearn to do, which is to expel the aggressor from Ukraine,' he said.

This will be the time for discussions over the future of Ukraine, and it will be in the context of a free Ukraine that we and other nations will make the security pledges and guarantees we have so often discussed.

Publish : 2022-06-20 22:35:00

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