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MPs withdraw honorary knighthood for Zelensky after taking a stand against Putin

Arise sir Volodymyr! Lawmakers give honorary knighthood to Ukraine’s President Zelensky after rebellious stance against Russia

  • Boris Johnson is being urged to put Volodymyr Zelensky up for knighthood
  • MPs say honorary knighthood will underscore Britain’s support for Ukraine
  • Zelensky refuses to leave Kyiv and is raising resistance against Putin

Lawmakers backed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for an honorary knighthood for his defiant stance against Russia.

Boris Johnson is being urged to put Mr Zelensky forward for the title, underscoring Britain’s support in the face of Vladimir Putin’s aggression.

Mr. Zelensky has become a symbol of Kyiv’s resistance since the invasion. When given the opportunity to leave the capital by the West, he insisted that he did not want an ‘ammunition ride’.

He has been rallying his people by broadcasting from the heart of the country and condemning Putin’s ‘genocide’ actions.

Volodymyr Zelensky has become a symbol of Kyiv’s resistance since the invasion.

A Ukrainian soldier walks out of a damaged building after shelling in Kyiv yesterday

A Ukrainian soldier walks out of a damaged building after shelling in Kyiv yesterday

The President and the Prime Minister have forged a close relationship, talking on the telephone almost every day.

The Queen may confer honorary knighthoods to non-British citizens for their contributions to Britain and the world.

The award does not technically mean that people are referred to as ‘sir’, unless they are in a Commonwealth country – although the title is still frequently used.

Tory MP Bob Seeley of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee told the Sun on Sunday: ‘Zelensky has been a true leader. He has given a voice and set an example in the hour of courage of his people.

Tory MP Andrew Bridghan said: ‘Volodymyr Zelensky is such an inspirational leader that Putin has put a price on his head. Let’s give him a knighthood instead.’

Fellow Tory Michael Fabricant said: ‘I believe that together we should honor Volodymyr Zelensky with an honorary knighthood for his outstanding and charismatic leadership of a nation – while seeking to accuse Putin as a war criminal.’

Boris Johnson is being urged to keep Mr Zelensky ahead for the title, underscoring Britain's support in the face of Vladimir Putin's aggression

Boris Johnson is being urged to keep Mr Zelensky ahead for the title, underscoring Britain’s support in the face of Vladimir Putin’s aggression

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