Shortly after 4 o’ clock this morning I spoke to President Zelenskiy of Ukraine to supply the continued help of the UK as a result of our worst fears have now come true and all our warnings have proved tragically correct.
President Putin of Russia has unleashed struggle in our European continent. He has attacked a pleasant nation with none provocation and with none credible excuse. Innumerable missiles and bombs have been raining down on a completely harmless inhabitants An unlimited invasion is below manner by land by sea and by air.
And this isn’t, within the notorious phrase, some faraway nation of which we all know little. Now we have Ukrainian mates on this nation; neighbours, co-workers.
Ukraine is a rustic that for many years has loved freedom and democracy and the proper to decide on its personal future.
We – and the world – can’t enable that freedom simply to be snuffed out. We can’t, and won’t, simply look away. It’s as a result of we now have been so alarmed in current months on the Russian intimidation that the UK turned one of many first international locations in Europe to ship defensive weaponry to assist the Ukrainians. Different allies have now achieved the identical and we are going to do what extra we will within the days forward.
At present, in live performance with our allies, we are going to agree an enormous package deal of financial sanctions designed in time to hobble the Russian financial system.
And to that finish we should additionally collectively stop the dependence on Russian oil and fuel that for too lengthy has given Putin his grip on western politics.
Our mission is evident. Diplomatically, politically, economically – and finally, militarily – this hideous and barbaric enterprise of Vladimir Putin should finish in failure.
And so I say to the individuals of Russia, whose president has simply authorised a tidal wave of violence towards a fellow Slavic individuals, the mother and father of Russian troopers who will lose their lives. I can’t imagine that is being achieved in your title or that you simply actually need the pariah standing it is going to carry to the Putin regime.
And I say to the Ukrainians – on this second of agony we’re with you we’re praying for you and your households and we’re in your aspect.
And if the months forward are grim, and the flame of freedom burns low, I do know that it’ll blaze vibrant once more in Ukraine as a result of, for all his bombs and tanks and missiles, I don’t imagine that the Russian dictator will ever subdue the nationwide feeling of the Ukrainians and their passionate perception that their nation ought to be free.
And I say to the British individuals, and all who’ve heard the threats from Putin towards those that stand with Ukraine, we are going to after all do every thing to maintain our nation protected.
We’re joined in our outrage by mates and allies around the globe. We’ll work with them – for nonetheless lengthy it takes – to make sure that the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine is restored as a result of this act of wanton and reckless aggression is an assault not simply on Ukraine. It’s an assault on democracy and freedom in east Europe and around the globe. This disaster is about the proper of a free, sovereign impartial European individuals to decide on their very own future and that may be a proper that the UK will at all times defend.