'God Save the Queen' frenzy in Ukraine AGAIN as Boris prepares for barnstorming trip TODAY

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'God Save the Queen' frenzy in Ukraine AGAIN as Boris prepares for barnstorming trip TODAY

"God Save the Queen" began to pop up on Ukrainian social media as a reference to British support in January as around 100,000 Russian troops massed

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“God Save the Queen” began to pop up on Ukrainian social media as a reference to British support in January as around 100,000 Russian troops massed on the country’s border. It followed the UK’s decision to send across 2,000 anti-tank weapons and troops to Ukraine, helping the country gear up for a defensive effort if Russia did invade.

Messages in a similar spirit popped up across social media lauding the UK’s support of Ukraine.

Ben Wallace, UK Defence Secretary, told MPs last month that the UK was committed to helping Ukraine safeguard its sovereignty.

He said: “I have to be honest here, Russia has the biggest armed forces in Europe.

“Ukraine is not a member of NATO and I think it would be false hope to say that the British armed forces would be going unilaterally to Ukraine to join forces alongside Ukrainians in that environment, which is why we are putting all the effort in helping Ukraine help themselves, sanctions packages and diplomatic efforts.”

He added: “We have taken the decision to supply Ukraine with light, anti-armour, defensive weapon systems.

“A small number of UK personnel will also provide early-stage training for a short period of time, within the framework of Operation Orbital, before then returning to the UK.”

Operation Orbital refers to the continuing presence of British soldiers in Ukraine for training purposes, dating back to the 2014 Russian annexation of the Crimean peninsula.

Mr Wallace added the weapons provided to Ukraine are not strategic, but are for “self-defence, and the UK personnel providing the early-stage training will return to the UK after completing it.”

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Foreign Secretary Liz Truss was supposed to fly to Kyiv alongside Mr Johnson before announcing on Twitter on Monday that she had tested positive for coronavirus.

She had announced on Monday in the Commons that the UK would be stepping up sanctions against Russia in the event of incursions into Ukrainian territory.

She told MPs the new legislation will go “further than ever before” against Mr Putin, constituting the “toughest sanction regime against Russia we have ever had”.

She added: “Until now the UK has only been able to sanction those linked to de-stabilisation of the Ukraine.

“This new legislation will give us the power to sanction a broader range of individuals and businesses.”



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