Kyiv, Feb 27: Defiant Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has drawn praise from Western leaders for standing to defend his country and appealing to his countrymen not to panic as Putin began invasion of Ukraine from all sides and with full force.
On one side Zelenskyy is encouraging his citizens to stand up to invaders while urging European countries to provide ammunition, arms to halt Russia’s invasion rather than becoming mere spectators from outside.
The UK DEfence Ministry said that the Russian forces are unabl to make the progress they had planned . They are suffering from lohistical chaleenges and strong Ukrsaimnin resistance.
Russian forces are sustaining casulties and a number of Russian troops have been taken prisoner by Ukrainian forces.
The Russian government has reportedly restricted access to a number of social media platforms in a probable attempt to conceal details regarding the situation in Ujraine from their own people, as per UK Defence Ministry.
Extending support to Ukraine, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday called for an end to Russia’s involvement in the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT) international payments system, to limit the ability of Russia to trade outside the country.
The Prime Minister said that they have also sent military support to the Polish border with Ukraine along with defensive military aid.
The UK has trained 22,000 Ukrainian troops through Operation Orbital.
UK PM Boris Johnson tweeted, “This evening I spoke to President @ZelenskyyUa. The heroism of the President and his people in the defence of their country is awe-inspiring. We are clear – Russia must be isolated diplomatically and financially. I welcome increased willingness to exclude Russia from SWIFT.”
Russia treacherously attacked our state this morning, as Nazi Germany did during World War Two, ” Zelensky told Ukrainians in a national address on Thursday.
“Russia has embarked on a path of evil, but Ukraine is defending itself and won’t give up its freedom, no matter what Moscow thinks.”
Russian tanks enter the capital, Kyiv on the secon day of the Russian invassion.
Ukrainian officials said they have handed out 18,000 guns to volunteers, as well as issuing instructions on how to make petrol bombs.
“We have imposed sanctions on President Putin, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, five Russian banks, more than 100 companies and oligarchs at the heart of Putin’s regime, and Belarus,” Johnson said in a tweet.
He further said that the UK has offered a full package of support to NATO to strengthen its eastern flank.
“We are providing 1.100 million for economic reform and energy independence in Ukraine, and guaranteeing up to USD 500 million of Development Bank financing,” he added.
The UK has convened the Joint Expeditionary Force, bringing together members from the EU, NATO and Nordic states.
He said that the UK has also banned Russian airline Aeroflot.
On Thursday, Johnson had announced new sanctions against Russia over the military operation in Ukraine, saying the UK will aim to “squeeze Russia from the global economy.”
Overall, the UK will be imposing freezing of assets on more than a hundred of new entities and individuals, he added.
Ukraine Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Saturday said that France has agreed to supply military equipment to Keiv as well as ban Russia from the SWIFT international banking system.
Earlier today, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged Germany and Hungary to back Russia’s expulsion from the SWIFT banking system as Moscow continues its military operation in Ukraine.
Notably, in the early hours on Thursday, Russia launched a special military operation after the recognition of Donetsk and Luhansk.