The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has addressed the nation and said “all our worst fears have come true” as “a vast invasion is under way” in Ukraine.
In his address Johnson said Russia has “unleashed war in our European continent” and “innumerable missiles and bombs have rained down on an entirely innocent population.
“A vast invasion is under way, by land, by sea and by air.”
The Prime Minister said that Russia has attacked Ukraine “without any credible excuse,” Johnson warned that “we cannot just look away.”
Speaking to Ukrainians Johnson via his televised address he said, “I say to the Ukrainians in this moment of agony: we are with you, we’re praying for you and your families and we are on your side.
“If the months ahead are grim and the flame of freedom burns low, I know that it will blaze bright again in Ukraine.”
Johnson told the people of Russia that he “cannot believe this is being done in your name” and that “you really want the pariah status it will bring to the Putin regime.”
The UK will now agree a “massive package of sanctions” to try and cripple the Russian economy.
The West must also “collectively cease” its dependence on Russian oil and gas Johnsons said, adding, “that for too long has given Putin his grip on Western politics.”
He said, “Our mission is clear: diplomatically, politically, economically and, eventually, militarily, this hideous and barbaric venture of Vladimir Putin must end in failure.”
The Prime Minister said in a message to the British people, “we will of course do everything to keep our country safe”.
Despite Johnson’s messages the Russian President Vladimir Putin announced in a warning this morning to world leaders, of “consequences they have never seen” if they interfere with the Ukrainian attack.