Boris Johnson faces calls to hand Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky top gong in resignation honours

KYIV, UKRAINE - AUGUST 24, 2022 - President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy (L) and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson attend the inauguration of the plaque on the Alley of Courage in Konstytutsii (Constitution) Square outside the Verkhovna Rada building on the 31st Independence Day, Kyiv, capital of Ukraine. (Photo credit should read Ruslan Kaniuka/ Ukrinform/Future Publishing via Getty Images)

DOWNING Street is under growing pressure to hand Ukraine’s President a gong to recognise his war efforts.

British supporters of Volodymyr Zelensky are calling for Boris Johnson to nominate the hero with a gong for foreign dignitaries.

President Volodymyr Zelensky and Boris Johnson in Kyiv this week on Ukraininan independence day.

President Zelensky could be handed an honorary knighthood by the outgoing PM in his honours list.

Boris had a plaque with his name on it unveiled on the Alley of Courage in the capital Kyiv this week.

President Zelensky thanked the PM for his continued support through the first six month of the brutal war with Russia.

MPs and military top brass said they would welcome Britain handing a gong back to Ukraine.

Tory MP Alicia Kearns said: “I wholeheartedly support President Zelenskyy receiving a gong for his bravery and leadership that has undoubtedly led to keeping British citizens safer.

“He has led from the front, been an inspiration to his own people and has stared down the Russian invasion.

“An award for President Zelenskyy would not only be a personal gong, but would show Britain’s continued solidarity with the people of Ukraine just as some parts of the globe tire of the conflict.”

And decorated war veteran Col Richard Kemp added: “President Zelensky’s leadership has been instrumental in the strong Ukrainian resistance against Russia and Vladimir Putin and has also led the line protecting European liberty and freedom.

“He deserves the highest honour from the UK, and it would be fitting if Boris Johnson, his great friend, would put him forward for an award.”

Last week we reported that Boris Johnson could hand a peerage to the red wall poster boy Ben Houchen before he leaves No10.

The outgoing PM is mulling making the Tees Valley mayor a Lord as he is seen as a levelling up success story.

He’s championed billions of pounds of investments into the North East, making the case for his region, to Whitehall.

Last month it was suggested the PM wants to hand Cabinet Ministers Nadine Dorries and Nigel Adams along with ex-Daily Mail Editor Paul Dacre gongs.

He’s also said to be considering a knighthood for his comms chief Guto Harri.

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