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Good morning. Boris Johnson has been chairing a meeting of the government’s Cobra emergency committee called in response to the invasion of Ukraine. He was woken overnight to be told of the attack, and before 5am this tweet went out in his name.

Boris Johnson

I am appalled by the horrific events in Ukraine and I have spoken to President Zelenskyy to discuss next steps.

President Putin has chosen a path of bloodshed and destruction by launching this unprovoked attack on Ukraine.

The UK and our allies will respond decisively.

February 24, 2022

Shortly afterwards Downing Street issued this statement.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in the early hours of this morning.

The prime minister said he was appalled by the unfolding events in Ukraine.

The Ukrainian president updated the prime minister on the attacks taking place, and the prime minister said the West would not stand by as President Putin waged his campaign against the Ukrainian people.

The prime minister said he hoped Ukraine could resist and that Ukraine and its people were in the thoughts of everyone in the United Kingdom people during this dark time.

Johnson is expected to address MPs later, where he is likely to give details of the escalated “barrage” of sanctions against Russia promised earlier this week. The initial sanctions announced on Tuesday were criticised as relatively feeble.

I will be covering UK elements of the crisis here, but for full coverage of the story, and for the global perspective, do read our dedicated live blog. It’s here.

Here is the agenda for the day.

9.30am: Steve Barclary, the Cabinet Office minister and chief of staff to the PM, takes questions in the Commons.

10am: Sajid Javid, the health secretary, gives evidence to the public administration and constitutional affairs committee about the Coronavirus Act.

After 10.30am: Boris Johnson is expected to…

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