(CMR) Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK “cannot and will not just look away” at Russia's “hideous and barbaric” attack on Ukraine.
Johnson said President Vladimir Putin had launched an attack without provocation. He said the UK and allies would launch a “massive package” of sanctions to “hobble” Russia's economy.
In a pre-recorded TV statement, Mr. Johnson said Ukraine was “not some faraway country of which we know little.”
He added: “We have Ukrainian friends in this country, neighbors, co-workers. Ukraine is a country that for decades has enjoyed freedom and democracy and the right to choose its own destiny.”
Mr. Johnson said the UK and its allies would agree to a “massive package of economic sanctions” in a bid to “hobble” the Russian economy.
“Our mission is clear: diplomatically, politically, economically, and eventually militarily, this hideous and barbaric venture of Vladimir Putin must end in failure,” Mr. Johnson said.
The British government had indicated previously that its response would not involve British combat forces in Ukraine, as it is not part of NATO, but they have been training Ukrainian troops for years.