Boris Johnson news – live: PM says Putin will ‘double down’ on invasion

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Boris Johnson said Russian President Vladimir Putin would “double down” on his invasion of Ukraine and “continue the destruction”.

The Prime Minister said Western countries must respond to Putin’s aggression with an ‘intensified package’ and thanked European neighbors for ‘giving support to Ukrainians and supporting Ukraine’s right to self-defence’ .

It comes as Russia announced a ceasefire in two cities in Ukraine to allow residents to evacuate.

In an interview with foreign newspapers, Mr Johnson added: “Putin has also underestimated Western unity, and the governments of all the countries represented around this table have really worked together, very effectively, to produce a set of economic sanctions which had a very considerable impact. effect on Russia.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made it clear in a late Friday evening speech that he believed the West needed to do more to defend Ukraine, criticizing NATO for its refusal to impose a no-fly zone.

Meanwhile, British nationals in Russia whose presence is ‘not essential’ have been urged to consider leaving the country, updated travel advice announced on the Foreign Office website today .

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Cost of living crisis: Insight into how the biggest squeeze in 60 years is set to hit millions of Britons

Millions of households across the UK are preparing to feel the pain as the cost of living crisis deepens next month.

Energy bills will soar from April 1 when the current price cap is lifted, while National Insurance contributions are expected to rise four days later. Gasoline prices and food prices are already skyrocketing.

Overall, this means the country is on the verge of the worst financial crisis in 60 years, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Some 2.5 million families will be pushed into fuel poverty by spring, the Resolution Foundation think tank predicts. Food banks are already seeing unprecedented numbers of visitors.

Joe MiddletonMarch 5, 2022 12:40 p.m.

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UK nationals must leave Russia unless it is ‘essential’ to stay

British nationals who are still in Russia have been told they must leave if it is not essential that they remain in the country.

The Foreign Office updated its advice on Saturday to say Britons should use the remaining trade routes to flee the country.

A message on the Foreign Office website said: “If your presence in Russia is not essential, we strongly advise you to consider leaving through the remaining trade routes.”

Joe MiddletonMarch 5, 2022 12:19 p.m.

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Cost of living crisis: Insight into how the biggest squeeze in 60 years is set to hit millions of Britons

Millions of households across the UK are preparing to feel the pain as the cost of living crisis deepens next month.

Energy bills will soar from April 1 when the current price cap is lifted, while National Insurance contributions are expected to rise four days later. Gasoline prices and food prices are already skyrocketing.

Overall, this means the country is on the verge of the worst financial crisis in 60 years, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Some 2.5 million families will be pushed into fuel poverty by spring, the Resolution Foundation think tank predicts. Food banks are already seeing unprecedented numbers of visitors.

Colin Drurry has the details.

Joe MiddletonMarch 5, 2022 12:01

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PM praises journalists in ‘terrifying and dangerous situations’

Boris Johnson has praised British journalists in ‘terrifying and dangerous situations’ after a correspondent was shot and injured in an ambush near the Ukrainian capital.

Sky News chief correspondent Stuart Ramsay was shot in the lower back as gunfire rained down on a car carrying his crew to Kiev on Monday.

Camera operator Richie Mockler was also hit by two bullets to his body armor before the team managed to escape and take cover. They were later rescued by Ukrainian police.

It is understood that the whole crew, including Sky News’ Dominique van Heerden and Martin Vowles, and local producer Andrii Lytvynenko, are now safe.

Shocking footage of the incident was shown on Sky News on Friday night.

The Prime Minister said on Twitter: “The courage of these journalists, putting themselves in terrifying and dangerous situations, is amazing to watch.

“They risk their lives to make sure the truth is told.

“The free press will not be intimidated or intimidated by barbaric and indiscriminate acts of violence.”

Joe MiddletonMarch 5, 2022 11:55 am

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Ex-Brexit party MEP under fire for calling Northern Ireland protocol as bad as invading Ukraine

A former Brexit Party MEP has claimed the EU’s treatment of Northern Ireland was comparable to Vladimir Putin’s bloody invasion of Ukraine, drawing criticism.

“The only difference is that we bowed to the EU without a single shot being fired,” said Ben Habib – stepping up unionist attacks on the Northern Ireland Protocol trade rules.

The comments come as Boris Johnson admits he is opting out of triggering Article 16 of the deal because it would be wrong to ‘talk about this’ as the dispute rages on.

Joe MiddletonMarch 5, 2022 11:39 am

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Boris Johnson suggests fear of a ‘brick wall of lawyers’ has blocked sanctions against Roman Abramovich

Boris Johnson has expressed fear of hitting a ‘brick wall of lawyers’ when asked why the UK has not imposed sanctions on Roman Abramovich.

Labor has demanded action against the owner of Chelsea football club after a leaked Home Office document pointed to his ‘links to the Russian state and public association with corrupt activities and practices “.

The Prime Minister had insisted he could not discuss individual cases, but opened up about Mr Abramovich in an interview with various European newspapers.

Our Deputy Political Editor Rob Merrick has the details.

Joe MiddletonMarch 5, 2022 11:19 am

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British nationals ordered to leave Russia

British nationals in Russia whose presence is “not essential” have been asked to consider leaving the country.

Travel advice on the Foreign Office website on Saturday said it had been ‘updated to advise UK nationals whose presence in Russia is not essential to consider traveling via trade routes remaining”.

The department said it may not be possible to fly directly to the UK or via EU countries, but traveling via the Middle East or Turkey may be possible.

Previously, the advice had been that those outside Russia should not travel to the country.

The Foreign Office highlighted “the increased volatility of the Russian economy” as one of the reasons Britons should not travel to the country.

A message on the Foreign Office website said: “If your presence in Russia is not essential, we strongly advise you to consider leaving through the remaining trade routes.”

Joe MiddletonMarch 5, 2022 11:09 a.m.

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British Army vehicles seen in Estonia as UK bolsters NATO allied forces

British Army vehicles seen in Estonia as UK bolsters NATO allied forces

Joe MiddletonMarch 5, 2022 10:52 am

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Ukraine ceasefire ‘welcome’ but only ‘small step’, Tory MP says

The temporary ceasefire reported in Ukraine is welcome but it is only a “small step”, said Economic Secretary to the Treasury John Glen.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Mr Glen said: ‘The events unfolding in Ukraine are appalling and this is obviously an illegal war which Putin is pursuing.

“But it’s welcome, anything that can help the Ukrainian people will be supported by the government.

“But (the) big picture is that Putin’s aggression shows little sign of abating and that the humanitarian crises unfolding are appalling and entirely his responsibility.

“The number of towns apparently under threat remains high and the level of aggression and the nature of the bombings are becoming more desperate and indiscriminate as the days go by.”

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Joe MiddletonMarch 5, 2022 10:32 am

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Putin’s ‘character’ demonstrated by Novichok attack, says Tory MP

Novichok’s attack on Salisbury four years ago showed the character of Vladimir Putin, the town’s MP has said.

John Glen, who is also the economic secretary to the Treasury, said the invasion of Ukraine was of a “totally different scale and the humanitarian crisis, the loss of civilian life, is of a completely different scale”. .

He added: “But in terms of the character of the man, that was clearly demonstrated in what he did to my constituents, the destruction he brought to our way of life here in Salisbury.

“But where we are now in Ukraine is just another manifestation of someone who is beyond democratic accountability and who is pursuing an illegal war that will significantly harm both its people, the economy of Russia, but also to the Ukrainian people’s life.”

Joe MiddletonMarch 5, 2022 10:08