BORIS Johnson called Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskyy shortly after announcing that he would be resigning as Tory leader.

The Prime Minister announced he intends to step down but continue as a caretaker leader until the autumn, though this suggestion has not gone down well with a large number of senior Conservatives.

Speaking to Zelenskyy, who Johnson has frequently called in times of crisis, the Prime Minister said he wanted “to reiterate the United Kingdom’s steadfast support” for Ukraine.

“The Prime Minister highlighted the UK’s unwavering cross-party support for President Zelensky’s people, and said the UK would continue to supply vital defensive aid for as long as needed,” a Downing Street spokeswoman said.

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“The Prime Minister added that he would continue to work at pace with partners to try and end the grain blockade in the coming weeks.

“He thanked President Zelensky for everything he’s doing to stick up for freedom, for his friendship and for the kindness of the Ukrainian people.

“President Zelensky thanked the Prime Minister for his decisive action on Ukraine, and said the Ukrainian people were grateful for the UK’s efforts.

“The Prime Minister finished the call by praising President Zelensky, saying: ‘You’re a hero, everybody loves you’.”