Foreign Secretary Liz Truss stated that the West must support Ukraine with heavy weapons and air force, and they must also double down on their efforts to help.
In a speech on foreign policy, Ms Truss stated that the international architecture meant to ensure peace and prosperity failed Ukraine under attack from a “desperate operator”. Now Kyiv must get what it needs “to push Russia out”.
She spoke at Mansion House, London, and said that the war in Ukraine was our war. It is all-consuming because Ukraine’s victory is a strategic imperative.
Heavy weapons, tanks, and aeroplanes require digging into our inventories to increase production. All of these things are necessary.
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NATO countries have provided Ukraine with military supplies, including missiles and armoured vehicle. They have so far resisted sending fighter planes out of fear of increasing the conflict.
She addressed this issue by saying, “Some argue that we shouldn’t give heavy weapons in fear of provocation something worse.”
“But I believe that inaction would be the greatest provocation. This is the time to be courageous, not cautious.
After a 63rd-day of fighting, Kherson was particularly hard hit.
Russian television channels were briefly cut off-air after a series explosions in the city’s southern part, which was occupied since the beginning of the war by Russian troops.
According to RIA Novosti, the missiles and rockets were launched from the direction of the Ukrainian forces in the northwest.
Ukrayinska Pravda is an online newspaper that claims the strikes caused a fire and cut off Russian broadcasters – who began broadcasting from Kherson last Wednesday –
In the meantime, President Vladimir Putin warned against “lightning fast” retaliation against any country which interferes with the conflict.
The Russian leader, speaking to the Council of Legislators of St Petersburg, stated that “all the objectives” will be achieved in the Ukraine war.
He stated that anyone who wants to interfere with what is happening from the outside must be aware of this as an unacceptable strategic threat to Russia.
“They should know that we will respond to counter-strikes lightning-fast.”
He also promised that he would achieve the goals of his military operation against Ukraine.
He stated, “I want again to stress that all the tasks in the special military operation we’re conducting in the Donbass and Ukraine… will be unconditionally completed.”
In key developments:
- Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General, arrives in Kyiv to meet with President Volodymyr Zeleskyy
- Moscow claims that Russian missiles struck an American and European weapons depot.
- A Dunkirk-style evacuation is ordered for the commander who is trapped in Mariupol’s Azovstal steelworks.
- Russian forces have made Severodonetsk, the frontline Ukrainian city, a major target
- More than 5,000 anti-tank missiles have been sent by the UK to Ukraine by the UK – MoD
- Russia exiles eight Japanese diplomats and three Norwegian diplomats
- Russia cut off natural gas supplies to NATO member countries Poland and Bulgaria, and threatened to do so to other countries.
Concerns are rising for the 100,000 civilians who remain in Mariupol, which is under siege.
After a meeting between UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, President Putin, it was agreed that the United Nations should participate in the evacuation of civilians trapped in a south-east city’s steel plant.
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Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for the UN, stated that Guterres had discussed with Putin the plans for humanitarian assistance and evacuations of civilians from conflict areas, specifically in relation to Mariupol.
Despite being almost destroyed by Russian aggressions, the Azovstal steel plant is still the last remnant of organized Ukrainian resistance in Mariupol.
According to reports, around 2,000 soldiers and 1,000 civilians are residing in bunkers beneath the wrecked structure.
Later today, Mr Guterres will meet Ukranian President Volodymyr Zilenskyy.