Boris Johnson boosts morale at Ukrainian church
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Boris Johnson made a surprise appearance at a Ukrainian church in London on Sunday evening as he confirmed that members of his immediate family fleeing Russian persecution will be able to join Ukrainians settled in Britain.
Worshipers at the Holy Family Cathedral in Mayfair – formerly known, ironically, as the Holy Family Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral in Exile – were surprised to see the Prime Minister at an evening service dedicated to peace in Ukraine .
As the congregation pulled out their phones to document his appearance, Johnson – a fellow Catholic – took to the church altar announcing that the decision to welcome close relatives “will benefit several thousand people who, right now, are making desperate choices about their future. .
More than just announcing a set of new measures, Johnson used his speech to express a sense of unity with the people of Ukraine. He referred to the Parable of the Good Samaritan from the Gospel of Luke as a reason to help Britain’s ‘neighbors’ at this time of peril.
“The freedom candle may burn low in Ukraine,” he said. “I want you to know that we in the UK will support Ukraine…until that candle is lit again.”
An immensely powerful speech from Johnson, which resonated with those present who rose to applause chanting “thank you”.