Already nearly two months that the daily life of Ukraine punctuated by war. This may be just the beginning. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson already described this Friday, April 22nd as “realistic” The possibility of continuing the war in Ukraine until the end of 2023. When asked at a press conference in New Delhi about such a timetable mentioned by Western sources and a possible scenario for a Russian victory, the Conservative Party leader replied: “This is a realistic possibility, yes of course.”
“Putin has a huge army, (…) he made a huge mistake and the only option he has now is to continue trying to use his horrific artillery-based technique to try to crush the Ukrainians,” Boris Johnson said at the end of a two-day visit to India aimed at strengthening their bilateral cooperation.
The British Prime Minister, who praised the Ukrainian resistance, considers this to be negotiations “realistic” Aiming to end the conflict “It doesn’t seem likely at this time.” It also announced the reopening ” next week “ The British Embassy in Kyiv, which was moved to Lviv in February, shortly before the outbreak of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The economy has faced the effects of war
The war in Ukraine poses serious economic challenges to the countries of Europe, especially with regard to their energy security. The International Monetary Fund, in its regional report published on Friday, April 22, recommends countries to prepare now for the upcoming winter season by diversifying gas supplies, replenishing gas stocks, and developing alternative energy sources.
“Some countries have already started implementing energy security measures, including the search for alternative suppliers (Bulgaria, Germany, Italy) and delaying the exit of nuclear power plants and coal-fired electricity generation (Belgium and Italy)», The International Monetary Fund notes. but he calls “Intensification” Measures aimed at developing renewable energy sources and improving energy efficiency as part of the green energy transition.
However, IMF economists recognize that reducing Russian gas imports is a risky headache Serious repercussions on activity during the second half of 2022 and the first half of 2023 Because Europe is likely to find alternative solutions to compensate for only 60-70% of Russian imports.
Earlier this week, the World Bank cut its global growth forecast for this year by nearly a full percentage point to 3.2% from 4.1%, due to the expected impact of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. Its president, David Malpass, explained that this decline was largely explained by the potential for a 4.1% contraction in economic activity in the Europe and Central Asia region, which includes Ukraine, Russia and neighboring countries.
Zoom: Westerns boosting military aid to Ukraine
Several NATO countries have already given the green light for the delivery of heavy weapons, such as the United States, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Slovakia. On Thursday, April 21, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht indicated that Ukraine will receive ” In the coming days “ Heavy weapons, including combat tanks, from Eastern European countries. Germany pledged to compensate for its equipment while many NATO countries gave the green light to deliver heavy weapons.
For their part, the United States announced a new military aid worth $ 800 million for the Ukrainian army. The US Department of Defense (the Pentagon) said that this new batch of aid to Ukraine included 72 howitzers and their vehicles, 144,000 shells, and 121 Phoenix Ghost drones.
On Friday, April 22, Boris Johnson said he was considering replacing Soviet tanks that Poland could provide to Ukraine to counter the Russian invasion. “We are considering sending tanks to Poland to help them send some of their T72s to Ukraine,” he said. pointed out.