Mr Zelensky also urged the west to impose a complete embargo on Russian energy products and to supply Ukraine with more weapons. “Oil is one of the two sources of Russian self-confidence, their sense of impunity,” he said.
Meanwhile, senior Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood accused Nato of “timidity” in the face of Russia’s aggression. He went on to suggest that the UK has “given Putin free rein to conduct war crimes” and “to conduct breaches of the Geneva Convention.”
This comes a day after Boris Johnson’s surprise visit to Ukraine’s capital to meet Mr Zelensky in person is his first since Vladimir Putin launched the Russian invasion on 24 February. He said it was to show “unwavering support” for Ukraine.
Boris Johnson took train to Kyiv
UK Prime Minsiter Boris Johnson took the train from Poland into Ukraine in a trip to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv.
Eleanor Sly10 April 2022 11:24
More western leaders expected in Kyiv 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.
Mr Johnson held talks with Mr Zelensky in an unannounced visit to Kyiv and more leaders are expected next week, Igor Zhovkva said.
Mr Zhovkva told Sunday Morning on BBC One: “Every visit, every phone call, every act of support counts and brings us to victory.”“It might be a surprise for you but it is not a surprise for us,” he said on Mr Johnson’s visit. “We were preparing for a while. This visit was very timely and very important in terms of war.”
He said Zelensky is determined to meet leaders in the capital, to speak to foreign parliaments and talk with the foreign leaders.
Eleanor Sly10 April 2022 11:05
Nato ‘timidity’ has given Putin ‘free rein’, says senior Tory MP
Senior Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood, chair of the defence select committee, has welcomed the announcement of more UK military support for Ukraine.
“So we are seeing greater lethal weapons systems such as Harpoon the APCs, the tanks Type 72s. I hope we will finally get those MiG29s from Poland in there as well,” he told Times Radio.
But he accused Nato of “timidity” in the face of Russia aggression. “We must learn and understand that our timidity has actually given Putin the green light.
“We’ve actually given Putin free rein to conduct war crimes, to conduct breaches of the Geneva Convention, to conduct a genocide on the scale that we’ve seen.”
Eleanor Sly10 April 2022 10:46
Why has Russia invaded Ukraine? The conflict explained
Russia’s long-feared invasion of Ukraine continues to rage following Vladimir Putin’s announcement of his “special military operation” against the country in the early hours of 24 February.
As Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky leads by example from the streets of Kyiv, tirelessly rallying the international community for support, his people mount an impressive resistence, holding back Russia’s armed forces as best they can.
The aggressor meanwhile continues to employ brutal siege warfare tactics, surrounding the country’s cities and subjecting them to intense shelling campaigns, a strategy previously seen in Chechnya and Syria.
Eleanor Sly10 April 2022 09:52
Briton drives ambulances and two tonnes of medical supplies to Ukraine
A British executive has described the “incredible reception” he received as he and a friend drove two ambulances full of medical supplies into Ukraine.
Charles Blackmore, who founded commercial intelligence specialists Audere International in 2015, drove one of the two vehicles from the UK to Lutsk via Warsaw, arriving in the Ukrainian city on Friday evening.
Speaking from Warsaw’s Chopin Airport on his way back to the UK, he told the PA news agency: “To be given this incredible reception by the Deputy Mayor of the Oblast, the region where we were going, where there were speeches, and patriotic songs, and the appreciation, made the journey worthwhile.
Eleanor Sly10 April 2022 08:44
Russia wants to increased troop numbers with discharged personnel, saysUK MoD
In response to increasing troop losses, the Russian armed forces is trying to increase troop numbers with personnel discharged from military service since 2012. This is according to a British intelligence report.
The report adds that Russia is attempting to recruit from the unrecognised Transnistria region of Moldova.
Eleanor Sly10 April 2022 08:14
Tiny UK village offers homes to dozens of Ukraine refugees – but visa red tape prevents anyone coming
A tiny rural village that’s home to just 2,100 people has at least 43 households willing to host Ukrainian refugees.
So far, however, not a single person escaping Russia’s devastating war has actually arrived in Rothbury, Northumberland – because of continuing delays with government visas.
Would-be hosts have spent the last three weeks helping families from Kyiv, Lviv and Mariupol apply for the necessary documents to move here – but not one is understood to have yet received a full reply from the Home Office.
Eleanor Sly10 April 2022 07:58
Satellite images show Russian military convoy east of Kharkiv
Satellite images have shown an eight-mile long military convoy moving south through the eastern Ukrainian town of Velkyi Burluk on 8 April.
The images collected and analysed by Maxar Technologies show the military convoy moving towards the town that sits to the east of Kharkiv, close to Ukraine’s border with Russia.
Maxar said that the images show “armoured vehicles, trucks with towed artillery and support equipment” making up the convoy.
Maroosha Muzaffar10 April 2022 07:30
Zelensky calls for more sanctions, weapons to stop Russian ‘catastrophe’
President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Saturday that Russia’s aggression was a “catastrophe” not just limited to Ukraine. He said that the whole of Europe was a target.
Mr Zelensky urged the west to impose a complete embargo on Russian energy products and to supply Ukraine with more weapons.
“Russia’s use of force was a catastrophe that will inevitably hit everyone,” he said. “Russian aggression was not intended to be limited 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 military forces and new equipment to our land. And that means we need even more sanctions and even more weapons for our state.”
Maroosha Muzaffar10 April 2022 05:50
Mexico ‘does not accept Russian invasion of Ukraine’
Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Saturday that Mexico does not accept the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“We do not accept Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, because we have suffered from invasions,” Mr Lopez Obrador said. “We are in favour of a peaceful solution to the conflict.”
Mexico has, so far, remained neutral in the conflict and has declined to impose sanctions against Russia. While his government backed a United Nations vote urging Russia to withdraw its forces from Ukraine, Mexico reportedly abstained in a vote on Thursday at the United Nations General Assembly on suspending Russia from the UN’s human rights body.
Maroosha Muzaffar10 April 2022 05:30