The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, promised on Monday with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, to send more military support to the European country “in the coming hours and days”, in the context of the conflict with Russia.
In addition, they both “unequivocally” condemned Russia’s “barbaric” air strikes against innocent civilians, including children, according to a statement from Johnson’s office.
Zelensky briefed Johnson on the state of the battlefield and the first show The British praised his “courage” and the courage of Ukrainian citizens.
Johnson also spoke with Polish President Andrzej Duda, thanking him for his “close” cooperation and support to ensure “vital” humanitarian and defense aid reaches Ukraine.
The leaders, who agreed to continue working with their partners on sanctions against Russia, also condemned the Russian attacks and praised the Ukrainian citizens for their courage.
He also indicated that he was “ready” to support Poland in hosting Ukrainian refugees. The British president will visit the country on Tuesday and is ensuring close contact with Duda these days.
Asset freeze and maritime embargo
On Monday, the British government announced new sanctions to isolate the Russian economy by freezing bank assets and preventing the arrival of Russian ships.
“We will be carrying out a complete asset freeze of all Russian banks in the coming days, in an effort to coordinate with our allies,” British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss told the British Parliament.
The British government has ordered a ban on Russian-flagged ships and those chartered or owned by Russians from UK ports, British Transport Minister Grant Shapps announced on Twitter on Monday.
“I have written to all British ports to ask them not to allow entry to any Russian-flagged, registered, owned, controlled, chartered or operating vessel,” he added.
“We are ready to make economic sacrifices to support them, no matter how long it takes, and we will not stop until Ukraine regains its sovereignty,” the British diplomat added.
Because “more than 50% of Russian trade is done in dollars or sterling, our coordinated actions with the United States will reduce Russia’s ability to trade,” Truss said.
He also promised to target more business leaders, and to take action on “homes, yachts and all aspects of their lives”.
The government has long accused regardless of the influx of money invested in city real estate or “Londongrad” real estate, and the government has already banned several billionaires close to the Kremlin from entering its territory last week.
But pressure is still there and representatives have suggested targeting Roman Abramovich, owner of Chelsea Football Club.
Without waiting, Abramovich decided to hand over control of the club to the trustees of the Chelsea Foundation.
Russian-British Evgeny Lebedev, son of ex-KGB agent-turned-billionaire Alexander Lebedev, published a front-page text in the free Evening Standard newspaper, which he controls, calling for an end to the invasion.
The United Kingdom is one of several Western powers that have joined the international community’s efforts to impose sanctions on Russia, after President Vladimir Putin decided to attack Ukraine.
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