Britain ‘is in for long haul’ in Ukraine battle: Liz Truss pledges to help rebuild Ukraine as Vladimir Putin seizes another key city
Liz Truss will today pledge that Britain is in it for the ‘long haul’ with its support for Ukraine.
The Foreign Secretary will tell a conference in Switzerland that the UK will ‘do everything possible to ensure Ukraine wins the war and recovers’.
But the job is being made more challenging by Russian missile strikes and the fighting in the east of the country.
Liz Truss will today pledge that Britain is in it for the ‘long haul’ with its support for Ukraine. Pictured: Truss gives a joint press conference with Turkey’s Foreign Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ankara
Miss Truss will use the event in Lugano to set out plans both for immediate support and long-term commitments.
She is expected to say: ‘Ukraine’s recovery from Russia’s war of aggression will be a symbol of the power of democracy over autocracy.
‘It will show Putin that his attempts to destroy Ukraine have only produced a stronger, more prosperous and more united nation.
‘The UK is resolute in its support of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and will remain at Ukraine’s side as it emerges as a strong, thriving and cutting-edge democracy.’
The Foreign Secretary will tell a conference in Switzerland that the UK will ‘do everything possible to ensure Ukraine wins the war and recovers’. Pictured: A destroyed hotel after a rocket attack in Kramatorsk, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine
Miss Truss will announce plans to host next year’s recovery conference as the Government commits to a Marshall Plan-style programme, echoing the one used to rebuild Europe after the Second World War. ‘We need to be in this for the long haul,’ she will say.
Russia has now established total control over half of Ukraine’s Donbas region, its defence minister said yesterday.
Sergei Shoigu told Vladimir Putin that Moscow’s forces had taken control of the last major Ukrainian-held city in the Luhansk area, Lysychansk, marking the region’s complete ‘liberation’.
Why Moscow wants a global famine
Russia wants to provoke a global food crisis to help dampen opposition to its invasion, according to a leading American historian.
Timothy Snyder said on Twitter: ‘Putin’s hunger plan is, I believe, meant to work on three levels. First, it is part of a larger attempt to destroy the Ukrainian state, by cutting off its exports.
‘Putin’s hunger plan is also meant to generate refugees from North Africa and the Middle East, areas usually fed by Ukraine. This would generate instability in the EU.
‘Finally, and most horribly, a world famine is a necessary backdrop for a Russian propaganda campaign. When the food riots begin, and as starvation spreads, Russian propaganda will blame Ukraine.’
Turkey has detained a Russian cargo ship carrying stolen Ukrainian grain, Ukraine’s ambassador to Ankara said yesterday.