Boris Johnson to address nation after Russia declares war on Ukraine

Boris Johnson will address the nation today before giving a statement to Parliament hours after he joined world leaders in condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“I am appalled by the horrific events in Ukraine and I have spoken to President Zelensky to discuss next steps,” Mr Johnson tweeted earlier on Thursday.

The prime minister said the UK and its allies would respond “decisively” as London warned that Moscow would “incur severe costs’’ of its actions on Ukraine.

It is widely expected the prime minister will reveal further sanctions during his update to MPs – around 5pm – after sanctioning five Russian banks and three oligarchs associated with Vladimir Putin earlier this week.

Earlier, a UK minister insisted “unprecedented” sanctions could still have a “meaningful impact” on the decisions of the Kremlin after Russian forces launched an overnight military assault on the Easter European country.

Missile strikes were reported in major cities of Ukraine and Volodymyr Zelensky, the country’s president, warned it “could be the beginning of a big war on the European continent” as he appealed for help.

As the crisis intensified, flights between the UK and Ukraine were suspended and the Foreign Office updated its travel advice to warn that British nationals in Ukraine “should not expect increased consular support or help with evacuating”.

“Ukraine’s airspace is closed. It is likely that commercial routes out of Ukraine will be severely…

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