The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to address the nation on Thursday following the “full scale invasion” of Ukraine.
The Prime Minister has described the Russian invasion as a “catastrophe four our continent” and will lead an emergency statement in the House of Commons today.
At least 40 Ukrainians have been killed and the Ukrainian Interior Ministry fears that the true number is likely to be in the hundreds and the Ukraine’s Border Force has also been attacked.
Johnson spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky early on Thursday morning.
Zelensky has imposed martial law in Ukraine and has called for civil resistance and has called on Ukrainians to take up arms and has asked for people to give blood.
The Ukrainian President said, “We will give weapons to anyone who wants to defend the country. Be ready to support Ukraine in the squares of our cities.”
A Downing Street spokesperson said Johnson assured Zelensky the West will “not stand by as President Putin waged his campaign against the Ukrainian people.”
They added, “The Prime Minister said he hoped Ukraine could resist, and that Ukraine and its people were in the thoughts of everyone in the United Kingdom people during this dark time.”
Johnson also chaired a meeting of the Cobra committee this morning and he received an intelligence update.