Boris Johnson throws a grenade as he visits Ukrainian troops in training in the UK | Political news

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Boris Johnson traveled to Yorkshire this week to meet Ukrainian soldiers undergoing training in the UK – and new footage shows the Prime Minister throwing a grenade and using some of the equipment.

The British armed forces train groups of Ukrainians as part of the support provided after the Russian invasion.

Mr Johnson, who announced his resignation from the post of Prime Minister at the beginning of the monthwas seen talking to Ukrainian and British troops and posing with military equipment including machine guns and grenades.

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Boris Johnson giving a speech to Ukrainian soldiers.  Photo: Downing Street
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Boris Johnson giving a speech to Ukrainian soldiers. Photo: Downing Street
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Boris Johnson throws a grenade.  Photo: Downing Street
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Photo: Downing Street

The photos were taken by Mr Johnson’s state-funded personal photographer, who works part-time with a full-time equivalent salary of between £100,000 and £104,999.

In its announcement, the government said the Ukrainian soldier training scheme in the UK would be able to process 10,000 troops every 120 days.

The UK has reportedly provided more than £2.3bn in military aid to Ukraine, including weapons.

In a video uploaded to his social media, Mr Johnson said: “I met some of the 400 Ukrainian soldiers who are here, being trained by our forces, preparing to go fight in Ukraine.

“This is part of a huge commitment we have made to train Ukrainian forces.

“We want to train about 10,000 of them over the next four months. This is in addition to the investment we are making to support the Ukrainians with weapons – 6,900, anti-tank weapons, about 120 armored vehicles and many still others, including now, the multiple launch rocket systems that we are supplying, along with the Americans, Germans and others, are really starting to make a difference, we hope, in the course of this war, starting to repel Putin’s evil attack on Ukraine.

“I know that in the end the Ukrainian people will succeed, I know that the Ukrainian forces will succeed.

“I am very proud of the role the UK has been able to play so far. But in the end, it is thanks to the bravery and heroism of these Ukrainian troops.

Last weekend Boris Johnson was criticized for filming Top-Gun style footage in a jet fighter during COBRA meetings ahead of the record-breaking heat wave that saw temperatures hit 40 degrees.

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