Boris Johnson walks the streets of Kyiv with Zelensky
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Saturday that Russia’s aggression was a “disaster” not just limited to Ukraine, and hinted that all of Europe was a target.
Zelenskyy also called on the West to impose a total embargo on Russian energy products and to supply Ukraine with more arms. “Oil is one of the two sources of Russian confidence, their sense of impunity,” he said.
Meanwhile, senior Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood accused NATO of “timidity” in the face of Russian aggression. He went on to say that the UK “gave Putin free rein to commit war crimes” and “commit violations of the Geneva Convention”.
This comes a day after Boris Johnson’s surprise visit to the Ukrainian capital to meet Mr Zelenskyi in person. This is his first since Vladimir Putin launched the Russian invasion on February 24. He said it was “unwavering support” for Ukraine.
Boris Johnson took the train to Kyiv
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson took the train from Poland to Ukraine to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv.
Eleanor SlyApr 10, 2022 11:24 am
More western leaders are expected in Kyiv next week
It is “very important” for Ukrainians that foreign leaders like Boris Johnson come to their homeland, said President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s chief diplomatic adviser.
Mr Johnson held talks with Mr Zelensky on an unannounced visit to Kyiv and more leaders are expected next week, Igor Zhovkva said.
Mr Zhovkva said on BBC One on Sunday morning: “Every visit, every call, every support counts and takes us to victory.” “It may come as a surprise to you, but it’s no surprise to us,” he said on the visit from Mr Johnson. “We’ve been preparing for a while. This visit was very timely and very important in relation to the war.”
He said Zelensky was determined to meet with political leaders in the capital, speak to foreign parliaments and speak to foreign leaders.
Eleanor SlyApr 10, 2022 11:05 am
NATO’s ‘shyness’ has given Putin ‘free rein’, says senior Tory MP
Senior Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood, chairman of the Defense Committee, has welcomed the announcement of increased UK military support to Ukraine.
“So we’re seeing bigger lethal weapon systems like Harpoon, the APCs, the Type 72 tanks. I hope we finally get those MiG29s from Poland too,” he told Times Radio.
But he accused NATO of “shyness” in the face of Russian aggression. “We need to learn and understand that our shyness actually gave Putin the green light.
“We actually gave Putin free rein to commit war crimes, to violate the Geneva Convention, to commit genocide on the scale we have seen.”
Eleanor SlyApr 10, 2022 10:46 am
Why did Russia invade Ukraine? The conflict explained
Russia’s long-feared invasion of Ukraine rages on after Vladimir Putin announced his “military special operation” against the country in the early hours of February 24.
As Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy leads by example from the streets of Kiev and tirelessly appeals to the international community for support, his people are putting up an impressive resistance, holding back Russian forces as best they can.
The attacker, meanwhile, continues to use brutal siege tactics, surrounding the country’s cities and subjecting them to intense shelling campaigns, a strategy previously observed in Chechnya and Syria.
Eleanor SlyApril 10, 2022 09:52
Brite drives ambulance and two tons of medical supplies to Ukraine
A British manager described the “incredible welcome” he received as he and a friend drove two ambulances loaded with medical supplies to Ukraine.
Charles Blackmore, who founded intelligence specialist Audere International in 2015, drove one of the two vehicles from Britain via Warsaw to Lutsk, where it arrived in the Ukrainian city on Friday evening.
Speaking from Warsaw’s Chopin Airport on the way back to the UK, he told the PA news agency: “To get this incredible welcome from the deputy mayor of the oblast, the region where we went, where there were speeches and patriotic songs, and the Appreciation, made the trip worthwhile.
Eleanor SlyApr 10, 2022 8:44 am
Russia wants to increase troop levels with laid-off personnel, says the British Ministry of Defense
In response to mounting troop losses, the Russian armed forces are trying to increase troop levels with personnel discharged from military service since 2012. This is according to a British intelligence report.
The report adds that Russia is trying to recruit from the unrecognized Transnistria region of Moldova.
Eleanor SlyApr 10, 2022 8:14 am
A small British village is home to dozens of Ukrainian refugees – but visa bureaucracy prevents anyone from coming
A tiny rural village of just 2,100 people has at least 43 households willing to take in Ukrainian refugees.
So far, however, not a single person who escaped Russia’s devastating war has actually arrived in Rothbury, Northumberland – due to ongoing government visa delays.
Potential hosts have spent the last three weeks helping families from Kyiv, Lviv and Mariupol apply for the necessary documents to move here – but none are said to have received a full response from the interior ministry.
Eleanor SlyApril 10, 2022 07:58
Satellite images show a Russian military convoy east of Kharkiv
Satellite images have shown an eight-mile military convoy moving south through the eastern Ukrainian town of Velkyi Burluk on April 8.
Images collected and analyzed by Maxar Technologies show the military convoy moving toward the city, which is east of Kharkiv, near Ukraine’s border with Russia.
Maxar said the images show “armoured vehicles, trucks with towed artillery and support equipment” making up the convoy.
Maroosha MuzaffarApril 10, 2022 07:30
Zelenskyj calls for more sanctions and weapons to stop the Russian “disaster”.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Saturday that Russia’s aggression was a “disaster” that was not limited to Ukraine. He said that all of Europe is a target.
Zelenskyy called on the West to impose a total embargo on Russian energy products and to supply Ukraine with more weapons.
“Russia’s use of force was a disaster that will inevitably affect everyone,” he said. “Russian aggression should not be limited to Ukraine… the entire European project is a target for Russia.”
The President added: “Russia can still afford to live in illusions and bring new armed forces and new equipment to our country. And that means we need more sanctions and more weapons for our state.”
Maroosha MuzaffarApril 10, 2022 5:50 am
Mexico ‘does not accept Russian invasion of Ukraine’
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Saturday Mexico does not accept Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“We do not accept Russia’s invasion of Ukraine because we have suffered from invasions,” said Mr. Lopez Obrador. “We are for a peaceful solution to the conflict.”
Mexico has so far remained neutral in the conflict and has declined to impose sanctions on Russia. While its government supported a United Nations vote calling on Russia to withdraw its forces from Ukraine, Mexico reportedly abstained in a vote at the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday to suspend Russia from the UN human rights body.
Maroosha MuzaffarApril 10, 2022 5:30 am