UK gives support to Ukraine in PM announcement
Boris Johnson opened his statement declaring that this morning he spoke to President Zelensky of Ukraine to offer the support of the UK.
He said “our worst fears” have come true and all the warnings of a Russian invasion have proved “tragically accurate”.
President Putin of Russia has unleashed war in Europe by attacking a friendly country without any provocation or credible excuse.
Bombs have been raining down on an entirely innocent population, Johnson continued, and that a “vast invasion is under way by land by air and by sea.”
“This is not some faraway country of which we know little,” the prime minister shared.
He stated that Ukraine – the second-largest country in Europe – is one that has enjoyed freedom and democracy for decades.
“We cannot allow that freedom to be snuffed out. We cannot and will not look away.”
He then declared that a “massive package of economic sanctions designed in time to hobble the Russian economy” will be agreed upon today.
Europe must also collectively cease the reliance on oil and gas that has given Putin a grip on Europe, he added.
Johnson described the Russian attack as a “hideous and barbaric venture of Putin” which “must end in failure”.
He says Putin has brought “a tidal wave of violence” to Ukraine.
Directly addressing Russians, Johnson stated he can’t believe this is being done “in your name” or believe that Russian want a “pariah status” for their country.
Addressing Ukrainians directly, Johnson said: “We’re with you, we’re praying for you and your families.”
“This is about the right of a country to choose their own future and that is a right the UK will always defend.”
On repercussions for the UK, he said: “We will of course do everything to keep our country safe.”
He ended his annoucement by saying this crisis is about the right of a country to choose their own future and that is a right the UK will always defend.
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