Boris Johnson presented Zelensky with the Churchill Prize

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has awarded Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky the Sir Winston Churchill Leadership Award, drawing comparisons between the two leaders in times of crisis.

Zelenskiy accepted the award via video link Tuesday during a ceremony at Johnson’s London office attended by members of the Churchill family, Ukraine’s ambassador Vadym Prystaiko and Ukrainians trained by British soldiers.

Johnson recalled how, on February 24, Zelensky confirmed that Russia had invaded, adding: “In that moment of the greatest crisis, you faced a test of leadership that was in its way as serious as Churchill’s challenge in 1940.”

Zelensky thanked Johnson and the UK for their support.

The two men have developed a close relationship since Johnson became the first leader of the G7 nation. visit Ukraine after Russian invasion. Earlier this month, Zelenskiy said he was sad when Johnson stepped down as leader of the Conservative Party after months of ethical rows.

Ukrainian leader received applause in the British Parliament in March, when he referred to one of Churchill’s most famous speeches and vowed to fight Russian troops in the air, at sea and in the streets.

The Churchill Leadership Award was first presented in 2006. Past recipients have included Prince Charles, former British Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major, and former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.