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Boris Johnson latest news: PM pledges to support Ukraine ‘militarily’

Putin’s ‘hideous venture’ must ‘end in failure’ as Johnson hints at arms for resistance

Boris Johnson has pledged to support Ukraine “militarily” following Russia’s invasion.

In an address to the nation, Mr Johnson said the UK was introducing a “massive package of economic sanctions… to collectively cease dependence on Russian oil and gas.”

He said: “We will work with them [Ukraine] – for however long it takes – to ensure that the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine is restored.

“This act of wanton and reckless aggression is an attack not just on Ukraine, it is an attack on democracy and freedom in East Europe and around the world.

“This crisis is about the right of a free, sovereign independent European people to choose their own future, and that is a right that the UK will always defend.”

Mr Johnson added: “Diplomatically, politically, economically – and eventually, militarily – this hideous and barbaric venture of Vladimir Putin must end in failure.”

Following his address, the prime minister will give a statement to Parliament at 5pm this afternoon.

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Invasion will push up food prices, says Tory minister

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will have an impact on global food prices, Commons Leader Mark Spencer has warned.

The Tory minister told MPs the conflict “is going to have an impact not only on global fuel prices, but also on global food prices as well”.

He said: “The Ukraine is an enormous supplier of food, of wheat and of bread. I think it’s something that the UK government will monitor and, of course, will assist through its work to try and lessen the burden of the cost of living.”

Laurie Churchman24 February 2022 14:32

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UK increasing its ‘air policing contribution’ to Nato – No 10

Downing Street has said the UK is increasing its “air policing contribution” to Nato.

The prime minister’s official spokesman said: “We are increasing our air policing contribution to Nato from RAF Akrotiri [in Cyprus] and the UK to help protect our Nato allies.”

“Two typhoons and a voyager for refuelling from the UK will support continuous Nato air policing over Poland’s border with Ukraine … two typhoons and a voyager for refuelling from Akrotiri (will) also support continuous Nato air policing over Romania’s border with Ukraine.

“So, this is a defensive capability designed to protect the airspace of our Nato allies … they will not operate in Ukrainian or Russian airspace.

“Just to emphasise, this isn’t additional air support, this is the air support already committed to Nato doing additional activities.”

Laurie Churchman24 February 2022 14:13

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Sturgeon condemns ‘Putin’s unprovoked, imperialist aggression’ in Ukraine

The Scottish First Minister said Ukraine’s “very existence as an independent democracy was now under attack”.

She condemned “in the strongest possible terms the unprovoked, imperialist aggression of Vladimir Putin”.

“There can be no doubt he must face the severest of consequences,” she said.

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Laurie Churchman24 February 2022 13:54

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UK providing ‘defensive military capability’ to Ukraine – No 10

Downing Street has said the UK is providing “defensive military capability” to Ukraine.

The prime minister said earlier in an address to the nation: “Our mission is clear. Diplomatically, politically, economically, and eventually militarily, this hideous and barbaric venture of Vladimir Putin must end in failure.”

Asked was what meant by “militarily” in this context, the PM’s official spokesman said: “He’s making the point that … our expectation is that the Ukrainian people will fight, will engage with Russian forces … we are providing military, defensive military capability.”

Laurie Churchman24 February 2022 13:35

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Attack on Ukraine labelled ‘act of great evil’ by Church leaders

Russia’s attack on Ukraine has been described as “an act of great evil” by Church leaders in the UK.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell condemned “the horrific and unprovoked attack on Ukraine”.

They said they would “pray for an urgent ceasefire and a withdrawal of Russian forces.”

And they called for an international conference to secure “long-term agreements for stability and lasting peace.”

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Laurie Churchman24 February 2022 13:16

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‘Parliament must sit this weekend’ in light of situation in Ukraine, says Ed Davey

Lib Dem leader Ed Davey has said Parliament should sit at the weekend in order to pass “necessary measures and impose the most punitive of sanctions upon Putin’s regime”, writes Ashley Cownburn.

He said: “At this dark moment we must renew our commitments of international cooperation and stand with our allies against this horrendous invasion.

“For too long we in the West have been complacent about the threat which Putin poses to our allies and to the fundamental values which underpin our way of life. No more.

“We must stand with the people of Ukraine and provide them with humanitarian and military aid, while unleashing the severest of sanctions against Putin and his cronies.

“The era of Russian interference in this country must come to an end. Much of the legislation needed is ready to go – it must be brought before MPs immediately. Parliament must sit this weekend, day and night if we have to, to pass the necessary measures and impose the most punitive of sanctions upon Putin’s regime.”

Emily Atkinson24 February 2022 12:57

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Sunak says UK to impose ‘significant’ sanctions on Russia

The UK will introduce “significant” further sanctions against Russia, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said.

Speaking during his Mais Lecture at the Bayes Business School in London, he said: “The whole world is rightly appalled at Russia’s aggression.”

“When the freedom of one democratic nation is threatened, wherever they may be in the world, democracy everywhere is challenged.

“We must apply severe economic costs to these actions and you can expect significant further sanctions to be brought forward.”

“We are with Ukraine and its people at this difficult time,” he added.

Emily Atkinson24 February 2022 12:54

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MoD say there have been 80 strikes against Ukrainian targets

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Sturgeon calls for ‘immediate clean-up of swirl of dirty Russian money’ in UK

Vladimir Putin must “feel the wrath of the democratic world” after Russia mounted a “full-scale invasion” of Ukraine, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

The Scottish First Minister said that Russian military action there meant that Ukraine’s “very existence as an independent democracy was now under attack”.

Speaking at First Minister’s Questions at Holyrood, Ms Sturgeon said she “wanted to condemn in the strongest possible terms the unprovoked, imperialist aggression of Vladimir Putin”.

She said: “There can be no doubt he must face the severest of consequences.

“Sanctions on him and his network of oligarch and agents, their expulsion from countries across the world, sanctions on his banks and their ability to borrow and function, sanctions on his energy and mineral companies, and here in the UK immediate clean-up of the swirl of dirty Russian money in the city of London.

“But just as Putin must face and feel the wrath of the democratic world, the people of Ukraine must feel and not just hear our support and our solidarity.”

Emily Atkinson24 February 2022 12:29

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