约翰逊首相在“温斯顿·丘吉尔爵士领导奖”颁奖仪式上的讲话

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摘要PM Boris Johnson’s Remarks at the Sir Winston Churchill Leadership Award Ceremony

约翰逊向泽连斯基颁发丘吉尔奖

Remarks by Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the Sir Winston Churchill Leadership Award Ceremony文章源自英文巴士-https://www.en84.com/13500.html

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Thank you very much, Laurence.文章源自英文巴士-https://www.en84.com/13500.html

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Your Excellency Ambassador Vadym, great, great to see you.文章源自英文巴士-https://www.en84.com/13500.html

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Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s great to see people here this…today.

 

It was at 4 o’clock in the morning, I can tell you, on the 24th of February 2022 that you called me, Volodymyr, to say that the incredible had actually happened, and insanity had…had broken out, and Russian tanks were surging across the frontier of a sovereign independent country in Europe and cruise missiles were exploding all over Ukraine.

 

And in that moment of supreme crisis, you faced a test of leadership that was, in its way, as severe as Churchill’s challenge in 1940.

 

As the Russians launched their lightning assault on Kyiv, you knew, Volodymyr, that you were top of their target list, and you knew that squads of killers were hunting for you.

 

And you could have left Kyiv, you could have said – and it would have been hard to contradict you – that the survival of the Ukrainian state required the survival of the President.

 

But of course, Volodymyr, you did none of those things: you chose to stay in Kyiv, among the Ukrainian people, just as Churchill stayed in London in 1940.

 

And when one world leader offered you a way out, you replied “I need ammunition, not a ride”, and I think Churchill would have cheered – and would probably have wept, too – because he was often moved to tears at the sheer courage, the moral, physical courage you showed in those grim weeks.

 

Now I’d like to think that when Ukraine’s tragedy triggered a global outpouring of support, and when dozens of countries came forward to supply your heroic armed forces with weapons; scores of nations imposed sanctions on Russia; almost three quarters of the entire membership of the United Nations voted to condemn the invasion, I would like to think that was an inevitable reaction, because never in my lifetime in international affairs has there been a clearer case of right against wrong.

 

But the truth is that it wasn’t inevitable, that reaction wasn’t inevitable, and the global wave of solidarity for Ukraine was, in large measure, generated by your own personal articulation of the cause.

 

Your defiance, your dignity, your unfailing good humour has moved millions, and as you stand against barbarism, you’ve become a symbol of the heroism of the Ukrainian people.

 

You’ve addressed so many parliaments that I’ve lost count and you brought both sides of the House of Commons to their feet, something that Churchill would surely have envied, and I can imagine his spirit walking with you, silently urging you on, encouraging you through every ordeal, jabbing the way ahead with his walking stick and perhaps marvelling at your own superb contempt for danger, something that, I think, he himself understood.

 

And like Churchill, you’ve understood that you are not yourself the lion, the Ukrainian people, of course, are the lion, but you have been called upon to give the roar, the roar of freedom against tyranny, of good against evil, of light against darkness.

 

And you have delivered that roar magnificently. That’s why it has been such a huge stroke of good fortune that you should have been in office at this time of crisis for Ukraine and the world.

 

And inspired by your leadership, I know not just that Ukraine can win, but Ukraine will win, and when that day comes, as it will, Ukraine will rise and take its place, as a free, sovereign and independent nation.

 

Thank you, Volodymyr, for everything that you have done. Slava Ukraini. Slava Ukraini.

 

Our…our…our physical…our physical separation notwithstanding, it gives me great pleasure, Volodymyr, to present you with this award if you can see it, which I hope you can. Here you go. Vadym, you can take it on behalf of Volodymyr. Mr. Ambassador, you are a great man. Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you.

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