European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and the EU’s prime diplomat Josep Borrell have been due to go away for Ukraine’s capital on Tuesday afternoon. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is believed to have wished to go to Kyiv, however was not invited.
Sky News correspondent Sam Coates stated in a tweet: “Boris Johnson wanted to go to Kyiv and see [Ukrainian president Volodymyr] Zelensky but there wasn’t an invite.
“Now EU chiefs going (and I ponder if that prompts a little bit of a race from No10 to get BJ there).”
Conservative Party chairman Oliver Dowden told LBC in March: “I believe the Prime Minister is determined to go to Ukraine and has all through this battle felt an actual – as the British individuals have completed – an actual emotional reference to the struggling of the Ukrainian individuals.
“To experience what is happening there, to see what is happening to the people on the ground, I think that is very different to just speaking remotely.”
Mr Johnson has spoken to Mr Zelensky on plenty of events since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, however the PM has but to go to the struggle-torn nation.
Twitter customers rushed to the prime minister’s defence on Tuesday, with one person declaring: “Zelensky invites those who aren’t doing enough to show them why they should. Makes sense that EU leaders would be invited rather than Johnson.”
Fellow Twitter person clarescastle chimed in: “EU leaders and some member countries need persuading to assist further. Our Prime Minister doesn’t.”
And RorkesXDrift tweeted: “No invite needed as we are at the forefront of helping Zelensky and he has said this publicly.”
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He added: “We are aware of the requests from the Ukrainians for equipment to defend themselves from ships and we are looking into what we can do.”
Measures introduced in March embrace 6,000 missiles and £25 million in monetary backing for Ukraine’s army.
The prime minister was accused by the Kremlin final month of being essentially the most energetic anti-Russian chief.
Downing Street shot again that the PM was “among the most active anti-Putin leaders”. It got here as he rallied allies at a NATO summit in Brussels to present extra army help to Ukraine.
The European Commission introduced in March that it goals to double the EU’s army support to Ukraine, earmarking one other £600 million (€500 million) for the aim.
France’s European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune stated the EU can even most certainly undertake a brand new spherical of sanctions towards Russia on Wednesday after experiences of killings of civilians in northern Ukraine by Russian troops.
Russia denies any accusations associated to the homicide of civilians, together with in Bucha. Moscow’s envoy to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzya, stated Russia will current empirical proof to the UN’s Security Council on Tuesday exhibiting its forces weren’t concerned in atrocities.
Mr Zelensky is due to deal with a United Nations Security Council meeting convened by Britain on Tuesday.
The UK, which now holds the council’s presidency, stated it needs to focus on mounting proof of struggle crimes and can push to guarantee justice is completed.
Evidence apparently exhibiting Putin’s troopers intentionally killing civilians has been rising as the Russian chief pulls again his struggling troops from round Kyiv.
Mr Zelensky has warned that worse proof of mass civilian killings by Moscow will emerge as the Russian president repositions his troops to the south-east.
Russia denies concentrating on civilians.