Foreign Secretary Liz Truss will promise that the UK will do everything to help Ukraine win the war and recover.
She will inform the Ukraine Recovery Conference in Switzerland today, that the UK will continue to support the country for the “long-term” and resist Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion.
According to the Foreign Office, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Ukrainian President, has requested that the UK champion the recovery and reconstruction of Kyiv’s capital and surrounding areas.
However, Russia’s ability of hitting the capital with missiles is making it more difficult to rebuild the area as its forces advance slowly in the east.
Ms Truss will use Lugano’s conference to present a vision for Ukraine.
- In his nightly address, Mr Zelenskyy admitted that Ukrainian forces had left Lysychansk, the Donbas’s key city. However, he promised they would retake it.
- According to The Association of Cities of Ukraine, eight Ukrainian leaders from villages and cities are held in Russia.
- Russian forces were defeated by Ukrainian forces in Novomykhailivka and Bohorodychne.
- One civilian was killed and another injured in an explosion of a Russian mine in the Odesa region.
“Ukraine’s victory over Russia’s aggression in the war will be a symbol for democracy and not autocracy. She is expected to declare that it will demonstrate Putin’s failures to destroy Ukraine.
“The UK remains steadfast in its support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity, and will continue to stand by Ukraine as it emerges as an innovative, strong and thriving democracy.
“We led the support for Ukraine in the war and we will continue to lead the support for the Ukrainian government’s reconstruction plan and development plan.”
Ms Truss will announce her plans to host the next year’s conference. The government has committed to a Marshall Plan-style program, which is a reference to the one used for rebuilding Europe after the Second World War.
“The UK will do all it can to help Ukraine win the war and rebuild its economy.” She is expected to continue.
After President Putin pulled his troops from the offensive at Kyiv, he has directed Moscow’s assault to the eastern regions of Luhansk/Donetsk. They faced fierce resistance.
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Sunday’s announcement by President Zelenskyy that Ukrainian forces had fled Lysychansk following a Russian attack was made. However, he promised to regain control of the region with long-range Western weapons.
Russia claimed that Lysychansk was captured less than one week after Severodonetsk, a neighboring country, gave it complete control over the eastern Luhansk region.
Last week, Russia attacked Kyiv with missiles in an attempt to intimidate the people of the city.