Oonagh Keating. Updated February 28th, 2022
Much has been made of the fact that Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, has taken a hands-on approach to defending his country, despite intelligence suggesting he is a specific target of Russian snipers.
He was offered the chance of evacuation by the USA, but turned it down.
New @AP reporting tonight: President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was asked to evacuate Ukrainian Kyiv at the behest of the US government but turned down the offer. An American official tells me Zelenskyy said, “The fight is here; I need ammunition, not a ride.” pic.twitter.com/oSpa1vdX29
— James LaPorta (@JimLaPorta) February 26, 2022
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy posted a new video of himself declaring Ukraine is ‘not putting down arms,’ despite online chatter pic.twitter.com/YomBeAZG0p
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) February 27, 2022
In the UK, however, the PM has been coming under metaphorical fire for what is seen as a weak response to the Russian invasion, in terms of sanctions and offers of asylum to fleeing Ukranian citizens.
This is @BorisJohnson attending mass at a Ukrainian church in London this evening.
— Rachel Clarke (@doctor_oxford) February 27, 2022
One Tory councillor, Joe Porter, shared a photo of the PM with some of the staff at RAF Brize Norton, with an extraordinary claim about the scenario.
It seems Mr Porter must have had Geography lessons from Dominic Raab. We’re not sure who taught him how to spell Ukraine. The reactions were scathing.
You might do well to consider how disrespectful this is to Ukrainians who are on a frontline.
— Emma Kennedy💙 (@EmmaKennedy) February 27, 2022
And now the Tories are jumping on this crisis to try & repackage Johnson as some war time hero when in reality they’ve done the bare minimum.
I despise them pic.twitter.com/2XdmNn7YcS
— joe heenan (@joeheenan) February 27, 2022
Here I am in Brize Norton, right on the ‘front line’, with the Russian tanks a mere 2,000 miles away. https://t.co/b7B9F6QPqU
— Parody Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson_MP) February 27, 2022
Christ this is embarrassing. “Frontline”. https://t.co/2R3LzpdtsM
— Ralf Little 💙 (@RalfLittle) February 27, 2022
Holy crap, the Russians have pushed the front line to RAF Brize Norton? https://t.co/R8in5M8BxD
— Ian Betteridge 🇺🇦 (@ianbetteridge) February 27, 2022
On the frontline of what? The buffet? Listen, I get it, you want him to look tough, but not only it doesn’t make him look tough, it also makes you look like a desperate fool. Stop it. https://t.co/F3g65mm7nS
— Audrey (@AudreyMagel) February 27, 2022
the frontline where?? you absolute fud https://t.co/qgFm4MwirD
— Sorcha Ní Nia (@Luiseach) February 27, 2022
I think you’re confusing a photo opportunity at RAF Brize Norton with actually standing on the front line like Volodymyr Zelenskyy. An easy mistake to make when your head is buried deep in somebody’s rectal orifice.
— DAVIDPICKWORTH (@david_pickworth) February 27, 2022
Updated invasion map, now showing the attack on Brize Norton. pic.twitter.com/xS0gMR0vVN
— Jon Newton (@MrJonNewton) February 27, 2022
The only ‘frontline’ Boris Johnson will ever be close to is Dilyn’s flea control. https://t.co/v8c9nJMnbh
— Brexitshambles (@brexit_sham) February 27, 2022
Whilst president Zelensky is hiding away, please spare a thought for our heroically brave Prime Minister holding the front line at Brize Norton.#StandWithUkraine 🇺🇦
— Ziggy 🇺🇦 (@Karenlovecheese) February 27, 2022
So ruddy brave. Whether he’s making Molotov cocktails in Brize Norton, or vodka cocktails in Chipping Norton, Boris always leads from the front. pic.twitter.com/HeiW4zZtUO
— THE SECRET TORY 🗽 (@secrettory12) February 27, 2022
Labor MP Chris Bryant addressed him directly.
Please delete this. He’s not on the frontline. Ukrainians are. https://t.co/HUojGcqJ87
— Chris Bryant (@RhonddaBryant) February 27, 2022
He did delete it – and replace it with this.
Very proud of our Armed Forces who are working hard, backed by @BorisJohnson, to help Ukrainians in their greatest time of need. This is our country at its best. 🇬🇧🇺🇦 #StandWithUkraine pic.twitter.com/yQhK53oF5E
— Cllr Joe Porter 🇬🇧 (@JoePorterUK) February 27, 2022
Stable doors wide open. Horses everywhere.
Finally, comedian Hal Cruttenden offered a lifeline, of sorts.
People are laughing because this Tory Councillor describes Johnson meeting with armed forces at RAF Brize Norton as ‘being on the frontline’. To be fair, Johnson is so hated now, that just leaving Number 10 and mixing with British people is an act of bravery. He’s a brave boy! https://t.co/T3bK1VfJKl
— Hal Cruttenden (@Halcruttenden) February 27, 2022
Nigel Farage blamed the EU and NATO for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – only 9 responses you need