Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has given Boris Johnson a “shopping list” of weapons needed to defeat Putin’s army – with many British anti-tank missiles being shipped almost daily.
Prime Minister said The latest batch of weapons will be delivered to Poland and was brought to Ukraine within “hours and days”.
“Zelensky has made very specific requests for military equipment in almost daily phone calls and we are working around the clock to get them into Ukraine,” a source said.
Mr Johnson told his Cabinet: “It is becoming increasingly clear every day that Putin has made a huge mistake in believing that his tank guns will be tied with commissions when instead the Ukrainian people have fierce resistance to defend their homeland. . ”
Today the Prime Minister will fly to Poland and Estonia to meet British troops serving on NATO’s eastern flank.
Last night, he said that they are “two countries deeply affected by the current crisis in Ukraine. We have shared values that are more important than ever to protect, as the humanitarian situation worsens. We speak with one voice when we say, Putin must fail.”
Western officials believe the troubled Russian offensive has now deployed half of the troops Putin has built up on the Ukrainian border since last fall.
But they fear the frustrated Kremlin tyrant will resort to more “indiscriminate” shelling and bombing as he is wounded at the slow pace of the invasion.
One said that Putin had “stirred up the hornet’s nest but also underestimated the fighting prowess of the Ukrainians.
They added that “it is very clear that they are falling behind the time frame they have set for themselves.” Poor planning and failure to knock out Ukraine’s air defenses in the opening of his attack left the Russian offensive columns heavily exposed and opened up the possibility of “smart” resistance. good” from Ukraine.
One official also lashed out at the isolated Kremlin chief, saying he didn’t listen to advice.
They said: “Putin’s inner circle, with whom he can discuss this kind of plan, is very small. The number of people inside the decision-making circle is really small. “
Meanwhile, more than 100,000 Ukrainians fleeing the invasion will be able to reach the UK, Priti Patel said.
The Home Secretary said immediately families, partners and children under the age of 18 of British and Ukrainians already here will be able to come even if they do not meet the usual visa requirements.
She said these applications are being prioritized but will not waive all visas out of security concerns despite calls from MPs to do so.
There are primary fears Russian criminals or agents will exploit free access to the UK.
Instead, humanitarian assistance will primarily focus on helping displaced people in neighboring countries so they can return home as quickly as possible.
The UN says more than 500,000 Ukrainian refugees have fled.
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