Boris Johnson gives Churchill Leadership Award to Ukraine's Zelenskyy

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on July 26 honoured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky with the 'Sir Winston Churchill Leadership Award' and compared the two leaders in times of crisis.

Important facts

  • Zelensky accepted the award through video link during a ceremony at Johnson's London office.

  • Johnson recalled how Zelensky had confirmed on February 24 that Russia had invaded Ukraine.

  • He said, "In the hour of the greatest crisis, you faced the test of leadership in your own way as Churchill did in 1940."

  • Zelensky thanked Johnson and Britain for their cooperation.

  • Johnson was the first Western leader to visit Kyiv after Russia's invasion of the northeastern country Ukraine.

Churchill Leadership Award

  • It was first introduced in 2006.

  • Past recipients of the award include Prince Charles, former British Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major and former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Who was Winston Churchill?

  • He was a statesman, writer, orator and leader who led Britain to victory in the Second World War. 

  • He served as Conservative Prime Minister of Britain twice - from 1940 to 1945 and from 1951 to 1955.

  • He was born on 30 November 1874, Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire.

  • He died on 24 January 1965, London.

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