Boris Johnson accidentally hails Vladimir Putin instead of Volodymyr Zelensky

Boris Johnson misspoke and thanked the “inspirational leadership of Vladimir Putin” before quickly correcting himself and saying Volodymyr Zelensky. In his first major contribution as a backbench MP during a Commons debate, the Conservative former prime minister said: “Thanks to the heroism of the Ukrainian armed forces, thanks in part to the weapons that we are proud to be offering, I congratulate my right honourable friend on his description of the work of the UK armed forces, the weapons that we’re sending, the huge list… “Thanks also, of course, to the inspirational leadership of Vladimir Putin…” Mr Johnson immediately realised his mistake and added: “The inspirational leadership of Volodymyr Zelensky, forgive me, the Russian forces have, in recent days been expelled from large parts of the northeast of the country around Kharkiv.