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A reader has simply emailed me to be aware that the £88 million the UK is due to present to Ukraine to “assist secure governance and vitality independence” is attention-grabbing.

“I feel you might have forgotten to add that in the meantime, there’s neither secure governance nor vitality independence within the UK presently,” the reader writes.


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By the best way, Putin’s spokesman gained’t verify if the Johnson call has been rescheduled or not. So this drama would possibly proceed a bit longer.

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Johnson and Putin to communicate on Wednesday afternoon

On ‘phonegate’: Boris Johnson’s spokesman says the prime minister’s call with Putin has now been rescheduled to Wednesday afternoon. I feel the Russian chief has made his level.

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Poland to provide Ukraine with shells, mortars, surface-to-air missiles

Poland’s prime minister has promised to present Ukraine with fuel and arms provides, together with tens of hundreds of artillery shells and light-weight mortars.

Weapons can even embrace highly effective man-portable air-defence programs, often known as Manpads, which may take down low-flying plane akin to helicopters.

“Our a part of Europe doesn’t expertise earthquakes or volcano eruptions. So what, if dwelling shut to a neighbour like Russia we now have the sensation of dwelling on the foot of a volcano,” stated Mateusz Morawiecki (who has clearly achieved some media coaching).

Talking in Kyiv, he stated Germany ought to abandon the Nord Stream 2 fuel pipeline, because it provides Russia leverage over Europe.

“By launching this pipeline, Berlin is loading Putin’s pistol, which he can then use to blackmail the entire of Europe,” he stated.

Right here’s an explainer of Nord Stream 2:

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UK, Poland and Ukraine discussing regional safety pact – Ukraine PM

Johnson has boarded his flight to Ukraine, as you’ll see from the image above.

Ukraine’s prime minister, Denys Shmyhal, has stated that Britain, Ukraine and Poland – whose PM Mateusz Morawiecki can be in Kyiv – are contemplating a trilateral pact to strengthen regional safety.

“I hope that within the close to future we can be in a position to formally launch a brand new regional format of cooperation – Ukraine-Poland-UK. Within the context of ongoing Russian aggression, we must always signal a trilateral doc on cooperation to strengthen regional safety,” Shmyhal stated.

It’s not clear if London and Warsaw have already agreed to this, and if it is going to be introduced immediately.

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Boris Johnson flies to Ukraine

The British prime minister will fly to Kyiv immediately as a part of a western effort to present assist for the previous Soviet state as Russia amasses forces on its borders.

Eager to place the UK on the forefront of a diplomatic push, Boris Johnson was due to have stern phrases with Russia’s chief, Vladimir Putin, on Monday.

However that call has now change into a humiliation for Johnson. His group tried to delay the call to immediately as Johnson was in parliament on Monday combating for his political life – apologising for a scandal over boozy lockdown events at 10 Downing Road.

In the meantime, his overseas secretary, Liz Truss, who introduced what she stated was strong sanction laws on Monday to strain Moscow is not going to make the Ukraine journey along with her boss – Truss examined constructive for Covid on Monday.

Liz Truss

I examined constructive for Covid this night.

Fortunately I’ve had my three jabs and can be working from house whereas I isolate.

January 31, 2022

Johnson will meet Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, and is predicted to pledge £88m of recent funding to “assist secure governance and vitality independence”.

Right here’s extra on the schedule for immediately:

  • Putin will meet Hungarian chief Viktor Orbán in Moscow.
  • Russian overseas minister Sergei Lavrov will communicate by phone along with his US counterpart, Antony Blinken.
  • Ukraine’s overseas minister, Dmytro Kuleba, will maintain a press convention this afternoon.
  • Boris Johnson and Volodymyr Zelensky will maintain a joint press convention this night.

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