UK will back Britons if they want to support Ukraine’s fight against Russia-Foreign Secretary

 UK will back Britons if they want to support Ukraine’s fight against Russia, Liz Truss says

The Foreign Secretary also warned the conflict ‘could last for years and be very, very bloody’

The UK Government will back Britons if they want to join the Ukrainian resistance fighting against Russia, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has said.

“If people want to support that struggle I would support them in doing that,” she told BBC’s Sunday Morning programme.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has promised to arm foreign volunteers to travel to his country to join the battle against Vladimir Putin’s forces.

It comes after Ms Truss warned the conflict in Ukraine could go on for a “number of years” and prove to be a “very, very bloody” war.

She made the comments while praising the Ukrainian’s “very, very strong and brave” resistance to the Russian invasion.

Ms Truss said this resistance is likely to have been unexpected to the Russians.

Speaking to Sky News’s Trevor Philips on Sunday programme, she said: “This could be a number of years because what we do know is Russia has strong forces.

Ukrainian protesters

“But we know that the Ukrainians are brave, they’re determined to stand up for their sovereignty and territorial integrity, and they’re determined to fight.”

The Foreign Secretary also warned that the package of sanctions on Moscow announced by the West “will take time to have an effect and debilitate the Russian economy”.

“This is not going to be, I fear, over quickly,” she said. “We need to be prepared for a very long haul.”

Asked whether Russia could start to deploy a “worst case scenario” by ramping up its use of weapons, Ms Truss urged the Kremlin not to escalate the conflict any further, noting that civilians have already been targeted by Moscow.

She said the conflict in Ukraine could be “very, very bloody” and said Western allies “need to be prepared for Russia to seek to use even worse weapons”.

“We’ve already seen the response from the Russian government, we’ve seen the actions taken despite all of the warnings of the severe cost of this conflict in terms of humanitarian cost, in terms of cost for the Russian state,” the Foreign Secretary said.

“This could well be the beginning of the end for Putin and I fear that he is determined to use the most unsavoury means in this war.

“But he should be aware that the international criminal court is already looking at what is happening in Ukraine and there will be serious consequences for him personally and the Russian government.”

It comes as Russia continues its assault on Ukraine, entering the country’s second-largest city, Kharkiv.

An oil depot close to an air base in the city of Vasylkiv, just south of Kyiv, has been hit by Russian air strikes.

An explosion also took place at Zhuliany, one of Kyiv’s two civilian airports, according to the office of the Ukrainian President.

The UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) said Russia is advancing on Ukraine “from multiple axis”, but is meeting “stiff resistance” from the Ukrainian military.

Ukrainians Refugee camp in Poland

At least 200,000 Ukrainians have fled to neighbouring countries, Slovak authorities have said.

Yesterday, the United Nations suggested that up to four million people could be displaced by the conflict with Russia.

Ms Truss signalled the UK could do more to help Ukrainian refugees but failed to go into details.

She said Boris Johnson has been “clear” that “we are a country that welcomes refugees”.

Source; Inews

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