#UK Boris Johnson: Our energy bills are rising… but Ukraine is paying in blood #UKnews
Boris Johnson has warned that UK households should endure hovering energy bills for the sake of Ukrainian civilians, who are ‘paying with blood’ for Vladimir Putin’s aggression.
The Prime Minister defied Russian missile assaults to go to Kyiv on a shock journey to mark Ukraine’s Independence Day, the place he was mobbed by onlookers as he strode by way of the sunny capital with president Volodymyr Zelensky.
The Queen final night time mentioned she hoped the world can sit up for higher instances in an deal with to mark the independence day.
The British embassy in Kyiv revealed the message because the nation celebrated the anniversary in the midst of the Russian onslaught.
In a sequence of tweets, the account mentioned: ‘On their thirty first anniversary of Independence, Her Majesty The Queen congratulates Ukrainians.’
Allies: Volodymyr Zelensky arms The Order of Liberty to Boris Johnson yesterday
Aftermath: A automobile wreck lies in entrance of a burnt-out prepare after a Russian air strike that left 15 lifeless close to the town of Dnipro
A person reacts subsequent to the physique of his 11 years outdated son who was killed by a Russian army strike, as Russia’s assault on Ukraine continues, in Chaplyne yesterday
Charred and flattened prepare carriages, in addition to wrecked automobiles, parked close to the agricultural station in Chaplyne
A lady stands close to residential homes destroyed by a Russian army strike
At least 15 individuals have been killed in a Russian missile strike yesterday on a prepare station in Chaplyne in the Dnipropetrovsk area
In her deal with to the president of Ukraine she mentioned: ‘It offers me nice pleasure to ship Your Excellency and the individuals of Ukraine my warmest greetings on the celebration of your Independence Day.
‘In this most difficult yr, I hope that right now shall be a time for the Ukrainian individuals, each in Ukraine and world wide, to have a good time their tradition, historical past and identification. May we glance to higher instances in the long run. Elizabeth R.’
Mr Johnson mentioned he had come to underline Britain’s unwavering, long-term dedication to Ukraine on what is additionally the six-month anniversary of Putin’s invasion.
He advised Mr Zelensky that his nation ‘can and can win the struggle’ in the face of Russian imperialism, whereas additionally unveiling a brand new switch of cutting-edge drones.
Writing in the Daily Mail right now, Vadym Prystaiko, Ukraine’s ambassador to the UK, hailed this nation’s efforts, saying he is ‘proud and humbled to see my nation’s flag flying alongside your personal, up and down this glorious nation’.
On his journey, Mr Johnson underscored the robust home ramifications for the UK.
He mentioned British households would ‘must endure the price of dwelling disaster’ in order to counter Russia’s ‘inevitable manipulation of energy costs’.
He added: ‘While individuals are paying energy bills, individuals in Ukraine are paying with blood.’
The dramatic intervention on the price of dwelling disaster got here as new figures confirmed that Britain imported no gas from Russia in the month of June – for the primary time since information started 25 years in the past – whereas different imports from Russia dived by 96.6 per cent.
The Prime Minister’s journey to Ukraine was organised in full secrecy, coming because it did amid a number of warnings from western intelligence businesses that the Kremlin would mark Ukraine’s big day with a barrage of revenge strikes on its cities.
Those anticipated assaults befell in a number of areas, but the capital itself was not struck as of final night time, though air raid alarms in the town continued to shriek.
The most devastating strike of the day got here when a passenger prepare was hit, killing not less than 15 and injuring 50.
Pictures confirmed charred and flattened prepare carriages, in addition to wrecked automobiles, apparently parked close to the agricultural station in Chaplyne, a village close to the town of Dnipro.
During this go to – his third to the town for the reason that invasion and his final as Prime Minister – Mr Johnson obtained Ukraine’s highest award that may be bestowed on international nationals, The Order of Liberty.
He was additionally honoured with a plaque on the town’s Alley of Bravery.
There, Mr Johnson introduced a brand new £54million package deal of UK support, together with unmanned surveillance and missile methods for Ukraine’s armed forces.
These embrace 850 hand-launched Black Hornet micro-drones, which are designed to be used in cities and villages, and are deployed to detect approaching enemy forces.
Military personnel might be skilled to fly the helicopter drones – smaller than a cell phone – in lower than 20 minutes.
The PM and Volodymyr Zelenskiy maintain stamps devoted to Ukraine’s Independence Day
Boris Johnson was given Ukraine’s highest award that may be bestowed on international nationals, ‘The Order of Liberty’, for the UK’s staunch assist of Ukraine’s freedom
Mr Johnson mentioned he had come to underline Britain’s unwavering, long-term dedication to Ukraine on what is additionally the six-month anniversary of Putin’s invasion
Boris Johnson walks with Volodymyr Zelensky and Ukrainian troopers, after making a shock go to to Kyiv in assist of Ukraine, because it marks 31 years of independence from the Soviet Union
The UK has dedicated greater than £2.3billion in army and monetary support to Ukraine for the reason that invasion started in February.
Mr Johnson mentioned: ‘For the previous six months, the United Kingdom has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Ukraine, supporting this sovereign nation to defend itself from this barbaric and unlawful invader.
‘Today’s package deal of assist will give the courageous and resilient Ukrainian armed forces one other enhance in functionality, permitting them to proceed to push again Russian forces and battle for his or her freedom.
‘What occurs in Ukraine issues to us all, which is why I’m right here right now to ship the message that the United Kingdom is with you and shall be with you for the times and months forward, and you’ll and can win.’
He known as on the worldwide group to remain the course.
Meanwhile, the US introduced almost $3billion (£2.5billion) in army support to Kyiv, its largest package deal of assist but.
Writing in the Daily Mail right now, Vadym Prystaiko (proper, pictured with International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan), Ukraine’s ambassador to the UK, hailed this nation’s efforts, saying he is ‘proud and humbled to see my nation’s flag flying alongside your personal, up and down this glorious nation’
‘The problem now is that somebody has to give you that long-term plan,’ mentioned chairman of the Commons international affairs committee Tom Tugendhat
Against all expectations, Ukraine managed to repulse the Russian assault on Kyiv at first of the invasion and, in current weeks, has launched its personal assaults on enemy bases in occupied Crimea.
But, speaking to Ukrainian MPs, the Mail was advised how they feared the West – significantly the EU – was wavering over continued monetary, political and army assist.
Most crucially, they surprise which Western powers will take cost of ‘a strategic plan’ to assist Ukraine from this level if, as anticipated, the struggle continues for months or years extra.
Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the Commons international affairs committee, was additionally in Kyiv as a part of a delegation of worldwide parliamentarians.
He underlined these considerations to the Mail. He mentioned: ‘The problem now is that somebody has to give you that long-term plan. It would require not only one authorities, but a number of, and it might take years to ship.’
In his speech to the nation yesterday Mr Zelensky promised that Ukraine will resist the Russian invasion ’till the tip’.