Mr Prystaiko insisted the UK and Ukraine had both been fighting to leave different unions, the European Union and the former Soviet Union. The Ukrainian ambassador admitted to being surprised at the backlash Boris Johnson’s comments sparked as he interpreted the message as a desire of both the UK and Ukraine to independently choose their future. He told Sky News: “I was sitting in the front row when I listened to it.
“I didn’t see this reaction coming. Because what we heard in the room, what I heard myself, is that actually, we are fighting for freedom – the freedom to do what the nation wants to do.
“If you wanted to leave the European Union that’s your own sovereign decision. We respected it. We would like you to be in the European Union, but we respect this decision.”
Mr Prystaiko did however concede the differences between Brexit Britain and Brussels could not be compared with the ongoing struggle Ukraine is putting on to hit back at Moscow.
He continued: “If we wanted to leave something like the Soviet Union, we had to have the right, and look at the differences.
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“You believe you have problems with the European Union when you left, it’s not a problem.
“If you compare it to what we have with Russians when we left the Soviet Union, they came to kill us for this decision.”
The Ukrainian Ambassador also warned his country is now running out of weapons to use against the invading Russian Army.
He said: “We didn’t have enough in the first place. So, we’re running out of weaponry.
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Addressing the Conservatives’ Spring Conference, Mr Johnson said: “I know that it’s the instinct of the people of this country like the people of Ukraine, to choose freedom every time.
“I can give you a couple of famous recent examples.
“When the British people voted for Brexit in such large numbers I don’t believe it was remotely because they were remotely hostile to foreigners – it was because they wanted to be free.”
But former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko urged Mr Johnson to refrain from drawing comparisons between Brexit and Ukraine.
He said: “Only today we have 150 Ukrainian children who were killed by Russian soldiers and Russian artillery.
“Can I ask you how many houses were destroyed because of Brexit? We have whole cities that have been completely destroyed.
“With this situation, please, no comparison.”