Recently, due to this Government’s and my own personal staunch support for the people of Ukraine in the face of unprovoked Russian aggression, I have been sanctioned by the Russian Government.
I view this as a symbol of my personal support for the sovereignty and freedom of the Ukrainian people in response to the Putin regime.
The Prime Minister’s strong support for Ukraine has been recognised by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who considers Boris Johnson as one of his country’s most valuable allies. This government has strongly condemned the barbarity of the Russian invasion and the tragic deaths of civilians.
This Government has supplied the Ukrainian military with all the necessary means to defend their sovereignty against Russian aggression- providing defensive weapons and military training. We have acted quickly and put into place the appropriate provisions to support Ukrainian refugees fleeing the conflict.
Britain’s sanctions against Russia have been some of the strictest in the world, indicating the depth of our solidarity with Ukraine. The UK and US were the first to sanction Russia’s largest bank and call for Russia to be ejected from the SWFT global banking system.
We have sanctioned Putin’s billionaire oligarch supporters in order to cut off his financial lifelines. The UK is also incentivising the EU to implement the strict sanctions that the United Kingdom has implemented to cripple the Russian economy and Putin’s ability to wage war.
In Northampton, I have assisted people from Ukraine who have resettled here to flee the war by providing help when issues have arisen with sponsorship, visas or travel. Regular readers of my newsletters will know that I recently met a group of Ukrainians who are sending aid to Ukraine, and you can visit their Facebook group for updates on Ukrainian activities in Northampton here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1046479392606176
I will continue to support Ukraine’s right to self-determination and stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Ukraine.