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Boris Johnson holds major press conference on Ukraine TODAY

BORIS Johnson is to hold a war press conference this afternoon on Vladimir Putin’s vicious invasion of Ukraine.

The Prime Minister will appear live from Downing Street just before 3pm, alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

Boris Johnson visiting RAF Northolt today

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Boris Johnson visiting RAF Northolt todayPhoto credit: Reuters
He met today with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

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He met today with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.Photo credit: Reuters

Today he warned that evil Vladimir Putin was “doubling down” on his “murderous attacks” on innocent Ukrainians.

The prime minister warned the Kremlin tyrant that “nothing is off the table” when it comes to imposing British sanctions in response to the barbaric invasion of Russia.

Harrowing footage of desperate families being shot at – and killed – as they fled their homes has reinforced the West’s determination to continue punishing Putin.

Visiting an RAF base, Mr Johnson said: “Western unity was very, very strong during this period and that was something I don’t do think Putin negotiated.

“But now that he’s going for this really rampant attack on cities, now that he’s attacking civilians the way he’s doing, I think we need to realize that we need to do more about sanctions.”

The Prime Minister will ram the White Collar Crimes Bill through the Commons tonight to make it easier for Britain to sanction Kremlin cronies more quickly.

Despite the imposition of the most crippling sanctions package in history, critics have accused the prime minister of lagging far behind the EU and the United States.

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Bringing Putin’s murderous regime to its knees with economic sanctions is a pillar of the prime minister’s six-point master plan for Western allies to crack down on Russia.

He met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte today and will speak later with President Joe Biden.

Mr Johnson is also under pressure to take in more refugees after the Home Office admitted only 50 places of refuge have been granted so far.

The Prime Minister denied the figure was that low but refused to give a figure.

Home Secretary Priti Patel exclusively told The Sun last night that she is creating a brand new route to provide a safe haven for refugees in the UK.

Currently, only Ukrainians with existing family or ties to the UK can be accelerated.

A scheme will be set up for Brits or charities to sponsor those without connections, but the rest will have to join the standard queue for all asylum seekers.

However, the prime minister refused to confirm that a more generous third passage for Ukrainians with no ties to Britain was being considered.

He said “we already have two very, very generous routes” but “if the situation in Ukraine worsens, people will want this country to open our arms”.

He was quick to add that he would not compromise on border controls by “waiving controls altogether”.

Ms Patel had told The Sun: “In response to desperation I saw it with my own eyes on the Polish border Two days ago, I urgently escalated our response to the growing humanitarian crisis.

“I am now investigating the legal possibilities of creating a humanitarian route.

“That means everyone with no links to the UK is fleeing conflict in Ukraine will have a right to come into this nation.”

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Bobby Allyn

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