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Boris Johnson latest news: Seven Russian oligarchs sanctioned by UK, as Patel under pressure

Boris Johnson outlines plan to phase out Russian oil and gas by end of 2022

The UK government this morning announced sanctions against seven Russian oligarchs, including Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) have estimated a £15bn sanction hit in total.

Abramovich joins leading industrialist Oleg Deripaska, worth £2 billion, Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin and Alexei Miller, CEO of energy company Gazprom on the list of newly-sanctioned oligarchs

Foreign secretary Liz Truss said: “Today’s sanctions show once again that oligarchs and kleptocrats have no place in our economy or society. With their close links to Putin they are complicit in his aggression.

“The blood of the Ukrainian people is on their hands. They should hang their heads in shame.

“Our support for Ukraine will not waver. We will not stop in this mission to ramp up the pressure on the Putin regime and choke off funds to his brutal war machine.”

It comes Home secretary Priti Patel is considering making changes to the visa processes and checks asked of Ukrainian refugees seeking sanctuary in the UK, defence minister James Heappey said.

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‘There is no time for party politics,’ says Starmer

“The eyes of the world are upon you”, Sir Keir Starmer today told Nato troops in Estonia during a visit to Tapa military base.

With shadow defence secretary John Healey at his side, the Labour leader thanked soldiers for providing “reassurance” through their presence at the base in the country bordering Russia.

He added that “there is no time for party politics” because the world faces “a very grave situation” amid Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and the Estonian defence minister Kalle Laanet

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Emily Atkinson10 March 2022 10:13

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Petrol hits new record high of 159.6p as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine disrupts oil supplies

Petrol and diesel prices surged to a new high on Wednesday as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine caused major disruption to oil supplies.

Figures from data firm Experian Catalist show the average cost of a litre of petrol at UK forecourts was 159.6p, up from 158.2p on Tuesday.

The average cost of a litre of diesel reached a new high of 167.4p on Wednesday, up from 165.2p on Tuesday.

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A further seven Russian oligarchs sanctioned, says FCDO

The UK government this morning announced sanctions against seven Russian oligarchs, including Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

See below the full list of oligarchs facing sanctions, provided by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO):

  • Roman Abramovich owner of Chelsea FC and has stakes in steel giant Evraz and Norilsk Nickel
  • Oleg Deripaska has stakes in En+ Group
  • Igor Sechin is the Chief Executive of Rosneft
  • Andrey Kostin is Chairman of VTB bank
  • Alexei Miller is CEO of energy company Gazprom
  • Nikolai Tokarev is president of the Russia state-owned pipeline company Transneft
  • Dmitri Lebedev is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bank Rossiya

Foreign secretary Liz Truss said: “Today’s sanctions show once again that oligarchs and kleptocrats have no place in our economy or society. With their close links to Putin they are complicit in his aggression.

“The blood of the Ukrainian people is on their hands. They should hang their heads in shame.

“Our support for Ukraine will not waver. We will not stop in this mission to ramp up the pressure on the Putin regime and choke off funds to his brutal war machine.”

Emily Atkinson10 March 2022 09:26

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich sanctioned by UK government

Roman Abramovich has been sanctioned by the UK government in the latest crackdown on Russian assets in the country.

More to follow here from my colleague Holly Bancroft:

Emily Atkinson10 March 2022 09:22

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Home Office to address MPs on visa situation

A Home Office minister will face the Commons today to offer an explanation of the visa situation for fleeing Ukrainians.

It comes after shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper was granted an urgent question on the barriers facing those who evacuated the war zone wanting to come to the UK.

Emily Atkinson10 March 2022 09:17

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Heappey cautions Putin against ‘despicable’ use of chemical weapons

The use of chemical weapons has “triggered an international response” in the past, defence minister James Heappey warned Vladimir Putin.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I don’t think it’s helpful to get into any firm commitment right now about where that red line sits, but I think President Putin needs to be very clear that when other countries have used chemical weapons it has caused an international response.

“I think he should reflect very urgently on what has happened to other countries where they have used them.”

He added: “President Putin needs to be clear that the use of chemical weapons is just the most despicable thing that anybody can imagine.

“As horrid as the pictures we are seeing on our TV screens today of an artillery strike against a hospital (are), they are but nothing by comparison to the suffering and devastation that chemical weapons cause.”

Emily Atkinson10 March 2022 08:40

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Watch: Russian attack on Mariupol hospital a ‘war crime’, says James Heappey

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Labour ‘stands steadfast in solidarity with Ukraine’, Starmer says

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Heappey warns UK soldiers not to fight in Ukraine

The UK’s armed forces minister has condemned British troops who have gone AWOL to fight in Ukraine, saying it risks the UK being “wrongly claimed by Russia to be a belligerent” in the conflict.

James Heappey told Sky News: “They will be in an awful lot of trouble. To be clear, the Army has put out a statement overnight to say this. It is illegal for British service personnel to first of all go absent without leave in the first place, but to go absent without leave in order to fight in a foreign war is simply unacceptable, and frankly risks the United Kingdom being wrongly claimed by Russia to be a belligerent in this.

“Service people who might think they are doing the right thing should reflect it is 100% not the correct thing to be doing.

“I’d go further and say it’s not just the very small number of soldiers who have gone AWOL apparently to go fight in Ukraine, I would say to the wider veterans community I know … you accept the unlimited liability in the service of your country to stand up for what’s right in the world, that there’s a thing deep inside you as a soldier that makes you see TV images and makes you want to go and fight for what’s right, but no good comes from British service people or veterans going to Ukraine to be a part of this.”

Emily Atkinson10 March 2022 08:00

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Patel considers changes to visa process

Home secretary Priti Patel is considering making changes to the visa processes and checks asked of Ukrainian refugees seeking sanctuary in the UK, defence minister James Heappey said.

He told Sky News: “There’s effectively two sides to what can be done to bring refugees here more quickly.

“There’s a policy choice around the checks that we go through, but equally you can increase the capacity of the pipeline to process more people more quickly.

“We’ll supply as many people as they need in order to be able to get the highest number of people processed in the quickest time possible and then the Home Secretary has got some choices, which I know she’s considering, around how to further change the visa process and what checks might be necessary within it.”

Emily Atkinson10 March 2022 07:55

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