Prime Minister Liz Truss spoke to Ukrainian President Zelenskyy this afternoon and strongly condemned Putin’s appalling attacks on civilian areas in Kyiv and elsewhere today.
The Prime Minister said that these are a sign of Ukrainian success and increasing desperation by Putin in response.
The Prime Minister stressed that the UK stands wholeheartedly behind President Zelenskyy and Ukraine and said “Putin’s destructive rhetoric and behaviour will not diminish our resolve.”
The leaders welcomed the deliveries of British military aid which continue to arrive in Ukraine.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has also condemned Russia’s “horrific” missile strikes on Ukrainian cities and pledged “unwavering” support to Ukraine.
Mr Blinken said he had spoken to his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba “to reiterate US support for Ukraine following the Kremlin’s horrific strikes this morning.”
“We will continue to provide unwavering economic, humanitarian, and security assistance so Ukraine can defend itself and take care of its people,” Mr Blinken tweeted.
This afternoon UN chief Antonio Guterres condemned Russia for launching a barrage of fatal bombardments across Ukraine, describing it as an “unacceptable escalation of the war.”
Mr Guterres’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement:
“The Secretary-General is deeply shocked by today’s large-scale missile attacks by the armed forces of the Russian Federation on cities across Ukraine that reportedly resulted in widespread damage to civilian areas and led to dozens of people being killed and injured.
“This constitutes another unacceptable escalation of the war and, as always, civilians are paying the highest price.”
Prime Minister Liz Truss and fellow leaders of G7 nations are expected to hold crisis talks tomorrow (Tuesday).
The Prime Minister’s official spokesperson condemned Vladimir Putin’s “reckless” violence against the people of Ukraine.
“Contrary to Putin’s ludicrous rhetoric, we’re clear it’s the Ukrainians who have seen their lives destroyed by needless and senseless Russian violence, and we will continue to support them to ensure Russia fails in Ukraine,” the spokesperson said.
“We are keeping a close eye on these increasingly reckless tactics being used by Russia in response to Ukraine’s advance.”
The Prime Minister and President Zelenskyy looked ahead to tomorrow’s virtual meeting of G7 leaders, which the PM has asked President Zelenskyy to join. They agreed it offers an important opportunity to reemphasise the unity of opposition to Putin’s despicable campaign.