Boris Johnson walks Kiev streets with Zelensky
President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Saturday that the Russian aggression was a “catastrophe” not just confined to Ukraine, suggesting that all of Europe was targeted.
Zelensky also urged the West to impose a complete embargo on Russian energy products and provide Ukraine with more weapons. “Oil is one of the two sources of Russian self-confidence, their sense of impunity,” he said.
Meanwhile, highly conservative MP Tobias Ellwood accused NATO of “timidity” towards Russian aggression. He went on to suggest that the UK has “gave Putin a free hand to commit war crimes” and “to breach the Geneva Convention”.
This comes a day after Boris Johnson’s surprise visit to the Ukrainian capital to meet Mr. Zelensky in person, is his first visit since Vladimir Putin launched the Russian invasion on February 24. He said it was to show “steadfast support” for Ukraine.
More Western leaders expected in Kiev next week
It is “very important” for Ukrainians to see foreign leaders like Boris Johnson come to their homeland, President Volodymyr Zelensky’s chief diplomatic adviser has said.
Johnson held talks with Zelensky during an unannounced visit to Kiev and more leaders are expected next week, Igor Zhovkva said.
Mr Zhovkva told BBC One on Sunday morning: “Every visit, every phone call, every show of support counts and takes us to victory.” “It may come as a surprise to you, but it’s no surprise to us,” he said during a visit from Mr. Johnson. “We had been preparing for a while. This visit came at the right time and was very important in terms of war.”
He said Zelensky is determined to meet with leaders in the capital, speak to foreign parliaments and talk to foreign leaders.
Eleanor SlyApr 10, 2022 11:05 am
NATO ‘shyness’ has given Putin ‘free rein’, says senior Tory MP
High Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood, chairman of the defense selection committee, has welcomed the announcement of increased British military aid to Ukraine.
“So we’re seeing bigger lethal weapon systems like Harpoon the APCs, the tanks Type 72s. I hope we finally get those MiG29s from Poland there too,” he told Times Radio.
But he accused NATO of “timidity” towards Russian aggression. “We must learn and understand that our embarrassment actually gave Putin the green light.
“We have given Putin a free hand to commit war crimes, to commit violations of the Geneva Convention, to commit a genocide on the scale we have seen.”
Eleanor SlyApr 10, 2022 10:46
Why did Russia invade Ukraine? The conflict explained
Russia’s long-feared invasion of Ukraine continues after Vladimir Putin’s announcement of his “special military operation” against the country in the early hours of February 24.
While Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky leads by example from the streets of Kiev and tirelessly calls on the international community for support, his people form an impressive resistance and hold back the Russian armed forces as best they can.
The aggressor, meanwhile, continues to use brutal siege tactics, encircling the country’s cities and subjecting them to intense shelling, a strategy previously seen in Chechnya and Syria.
Eleanor SlyApr 10, 2022 09:52
Briton drives ambulances and two tons of medical supplies to Ukraine
A British director described the “incredible welcome” he received as he and a friend drove two ambulances full of medical supplies into Ukraine.
Charles Blackmore, who founded commercial intelligence specialist Audere International in 2015, drove one of the two vehicles from the UK to Lutsk via Warsaw and arrived in the Ukrainian city on Friday evening.
On his way back to the UK, from Warsaw Chopin airport, he told the PA news agency: “To get this incredible reception by the deputy mayor of the oblast, the region we were going to, where there were speeches and patriotic songs , and the rating, made the trip worthwhile.
Eleanor SlyApr 10, 2022 08:44
Russia wants to increase troops with layoffs, says UK MoD
In response to increasing troop losses, the Russian Armed Forces is seeking to increase the number of troops with personnel discharged from military service since 2012. This is according to a report from British intelligence.
The report adds that Russia is trying to recruit from the unrecognized Transnistria region of Moldova.
Eleanor SlyApr 10, 2022 08:14
Small British village offers homes to dozens of Ukrainian refugees – but visa bureaucracy prevents anyone from coming
A small rural village, home to just 2,100 people, has at least 43 households looking to host Ukrainian refugees.
So far, however, not a single person who escaped Russia’s devastating war has arrived in Rothbury, Northumberland, due to persistent delays with government visas.
Expectant hosts have spent the past three weeks helping families from Kiev, Lviv and Mariupol apply for the necessary documents to move here – but no one has reportedly received a full response from the Interior Ministry yet.
Eleanor SlyApr 10, 2022 07:58
Satellite images show Russian military convoy east of Kharkiv
Satellite images have shown a 13-kilometer military convoy moved south through the eastern Ukrainian town of Velkyi Burluk on April 8.
The images collected and analyzed by Maxar Technologies show the military convoy heading for the city east of Kharkov, close to Ukraine’s border with Russia.
Maxar said the images show “armored vehicles, trucks with towed artillery and support equipment” making up the convoy.
Marosha MuzaffarApr 10, 2022 07:30
Zelensky calls for more sanctions, weapons to stop Russian ‘catastrophe’
President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Saturday that the Russian aggression was a “catastrophe” not just limited to Ukraine. He said all of Europe was a target.
Zelensky urged the West to impose a complete embargo on Russian energy products and provide Ukraine with more weapons.
“Russia’s use of force was a catastrophe that will inevitably affect everyone,” he said. “The Russian aggression was not meant to be confined to Ukraine alone… the whole European project is a target for Russia.”
The president added: “Russia can still afford to live in illusions and bring new forces and new equipment to our country. And that means we need even more sanctions and even more weapons for our state.”
Marosha MuzaffarApr 10, 2022 05:50
Mexico ‘not accepting Russian invasion of Ukraine’
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Saturday that Mexico will not accept Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“We do not accept the Russian invasion of Ukraine because we have suffered invasions,” said Mr Lopez Obrador. “We are in favor of a peaceful solution to the conflict.”
Mexico has so far remained neutral in the conflict and has refused to impose sanctions on Russia. While his administration supported a United Nations vote urging Russia to withdraw its troops from Ukraine, Mexico reportedly abstained on Thursday from a vote at the United Nations General Assembly on Russia’s suspension from the Ukraine. human rights body of the UN.
Marosha MuzaffarApr 10, 2022 05:30 am
US believes Russia used short-range ballistic missile to attack train station
The US believes Russia used a short-range missile on Friday to bomb the Kramatorsk train station in eastern Ukraine.
A senior US defense official told Reuters the Pentagon believes Russian forces used an SS-21 Scarab missile to attack the train station. More than 50 people were killed in the attack on Friday morning.
SS-21 is the name used by the NATO military alliance for a type of missile known as the Tochka in former Soviet states. “We do not believe in the Russians’ denial that they were not responsible,” the official said.
The Russian Defense Ministry, meanwhile, has denied its role in the attack, saying that the missiles used to attack the station were only used by the Ukrainian military and that Russian forces had not assigned any targets in Kramatorsk on Friday.
Marosha MuzaffarApr 10, 2022 05:10