No 10 was tonight lit up with the colours of Ukraine’s flag, blue and yellow, to show solidarity with Kiev following Russia’s invasion.
“Ukraine is a country that for decades has enjoyed freedom and democracy and the right to choose its own destiny,” said Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a tweet. “We – and the world – cannot allow that freedom to just be snuffed out. We cannot and will not just look away.”
Johnson’s comments follow a package of economic sanctions the UK Government outlined today to “hobble” the Russian economy, City A.M. reported.
Banning Russian banks from operating in the UK, blocking Russian firms from raising capital and preventing Russian airline Aeroflot from entering the UK airspace are among the sanctions outlined by the Prime Minister.
“We have a clear mission – diplomatically, politically, economically and eventually militarily – this hideous and barbaric venture of Vladimir Putin must end in failure.”