Boris Johnson: The world is turning its back on Putin and his regime

Boris Johnson: The world is turning its back on Putin and his regime
4 March Boris Ukr
Carl Bennett

By Carl Bennett

Published: 04/03/2022

- 22:39

The Prime Minister shared a video addressing the people of Ukraine

The Prime Minister has said "the world is turning its back on Putin and his regime".

In a video message on social media Boris Johnson addressed the people of Ukraine and called Moscow's actions an "abomination".

As day nine of Russia's invasion comes to a close he vowed to increase sanctions if the violence doesn't stop.

“I want to address Ukrainians directly here in the UK and those in Ukraine and neighbouring countries.”

In a video clip underneath he said: “I cannot even imagine what you’re living through right now, or the outrage and heartbreak you must feel as everything you know and love is so inexplicably and brutally shattered.

“What’s happening in your homeland is an abomination, and like people across the UK, I am heartsick at the destruction and loss of life.

Boris Johnson shared a video message on Twitter
Boris Johnson shared a video message on Twitter
Twitter / @BorisJohnson

“On Wednesday, MPs in our House of Commons stood to applaud the Ukrainian ambassador and to demonstrate that the whole of the UK stands squarely with the people of Ukraine, and your awe-inspiring struggle against this aggression.

“Together, with Ukraine’s many friends, we’re doing everything we can to support you and to impose a mountain of pressure on Vladimir Putin.

“We’re working with more than 25 allies and partners from as far away as Australia to support those engaged in the battle, not only to protect their homes, but freedom and democracy itself.

“With the US and the European Union, we’ve brought in the biggest package of global sanctions ever imposed on Russia. And we will go further, unless and until this aggression stops.”

Boris Johnson added in his video message: “The world is turning its back on Putin and his regime.

“Global corporations are severing ties with Russia. Participation in sporting events is being cancelled, and nation after nation is taking a stand.

“The vice is tightening its grip, and it will continue to tighten.

“To those Ukrainians here in the UK, who I know are desperately worried about family and friends, I can tell you we’re doing everything we can to help those fleeing the conflict. If you’re a Ukrainian in the UK, we’ve made it easier for you to bring over family members through the Ukrainian Family Scheme.

“On Tuesday, I announced there will be a new humanitarian sponsorship route, and we’re matching the donations you make through the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine appeal, starting with £20 million, alongside the hundreds of millions were providing in humanitarian aid.

“Putin has made a grave miscalculation. The free world is united in its resolve to stand up to his barbarism, and the fortitude and defiance of the Ukrainian people in the face of this unjust and unwarranted aggression is moving hearts around the world.

“I’ve spoken almost every day to President Volodymyr Zelensky, and I marvelled at his bravery, his calm, his sense of purpose, just as I marvel at the heroism and resolve of the Ukrainian people.

“And I know that however long it takes, however arduous, Putin must fail. Our thoughts and our sympathies are with the whole of Ukraine in its battle for freedom.”

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