Boris calls on the Quint for coordinated response to escalating crisis in Ukraine

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The Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a quintet call with The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, Chancellor of Germany, Olaf Scholz, Prime Minister of Italy Mario Draghi and President of The United States, Jo Biden in 10 Downing Street. Picture by Simon Dawson/ No 10 Downing Street

Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to the leaders of the Quint – the United Kingdom, United States, France, Germany and Italy – this afternoon to discuss the coordinated response to the escalating crisis in Ukraine.

The Prime Minister underlined his horror at President Putin’s use of increasingly brutal tactics in Ukraine, such as siege warfare and the targeting of civilians.

Mr Johnson said he welcomed the unity of allies standing steadfastly against Russia’s reprehensible behaviour, noting how effective collective action has been in undermining Putin’s war machine.

The leaders affirmed their ongoing commitment to support Ukraine militarily, diplomatically and economically, equipping the democratically-elected government in Kyiv with the tools it needs to defend itself.

They also resolved to increase the pressure on Russia to halt its unprovoked invasion, including by maintaining wide-ranging and coordinated sanctions.

Last week the UK government announced that Ukrainians fleeing their home country will be guaranteed free access to NHS healthcare, including hospital services, GP and nurse consultations, urgent care centres and injury units. Today the Department for Work and Pensions lay down emergency regulations so those arriving in the UK from Ukraine as a result of the Russian invasion can access Universal Credit and jobs support immediately.

The UK government has also provided £400 million in humanitarian and economic aid to Ukraine and neighbouring countries since the Russian invasion started, along with defensive anti-tank and anti-aircraft weaponry.

The Prime Minister said he looked forward to further discussions at the NATO and G7 summits this week, including on how to increase military support to Ukraine to qualitatively improve their defensive capability.

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