PM’s call with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson in No10 Downing Street. Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street

Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy last night to discuss the deteriorating situation in and around Ukraine.

Outlining his grave concern at recent developments in the region, the Prime Minister told President Zelenskyy that he believed an invasion was a real possibility in the coming hours and days.

The Prime Minister strongly condemned the Kremlin’s decision to recognise Luhansk and Donetsk as independent states, and said the move made the Minsk agreements and process unworkable.

He added that the UK was already engaging with partners on the issue and said the UK would raise it at the United Nations Security Council and Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in the coming days.

He told President Zelenskyy that the UK had already drawn up sanctions to target those complicit in the violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity, and that those measures would come into force tomorrow. The Prime Minister also said he would explore sending further defensive support to Ukraine, at the request of the Ukrainian Government.

The leaders agreed that the West needed to support Ukraine in the event of an invasion but should continue to pursue a diplomatic solution until the last possible second.

Regardless of President Putin’s actions, the UK would be steadfast in its full support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, the Prime Minister said.

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