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The battle for Kyiv is already underway as Russian tanks push to within just a few miles of the city outskirts, analysts and witnesses have said, though initial assaults to the west and east of the capital were repelled yesterday as Putin’s men face a long and bloody campaign to take the capital.

Kremlin troops launched two attacks on Kyiv Wednesday – one via the besieged western city of Irpin and another through the eastern district of Brovary, with video showing how a column of tanks was bombarded with artillery in a devastating ambush and forced to turn back. Intercepted radio chatter suggested the column took heavy losses with a commander killed, though that could not be verified. 

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Vadym Denysenko, adviser to the interior ministry, said Ukrainian forces had managed to stop the attack in Irpin and were counter-attacking on Thursday morning with battles now underway. ‘The night was quite difficult, but in general we can say that the Ukrainian army counterattacked near Kyiv,’ he said. ‘There is no further detailed information yet.’  

It means the Russian mission to assault the Ukrainian capital is now underway, analysts at the Institute for the Study of War said, amid fears that devastating airstrikes on the city of Mariupol – which struck a maternity hospital killing three including a six-year-old girl – and Kharkiv could soon be seen in the capital.

Shelling in Kharkiv overnight killed four people, two of them children, with a five-year-old girl injured and rushed to hospital. Emergency workers said they are still working to pull people from the rubble of houses in the town of Slobozhanske. Three people were also killed in shelling on the city of Sumy – two women and a 13-year-old boy.  

Giving an update on the situation on the ground early Thursday, Ukraine’s military said Russian efforts to attack Kyiv had been ‘restrained’ with offensives also thwarted in the cities of Mykolayiv as Putin’s men try to push towards Kryvyi Rih – to the north east – and Voznesensk – to the north west.

Mariupol continues to be surrounded by Russian forces but is still in Ukrainian hands, chiefs said. They said Ukrainian fighter jets and anti-aircraft missile units destroyed four Russian Su-25 attack jet and two Russian helicopters over the past 48 hours. 

Kyiv estimates that Russia has lost some 12,000 troops in the fighting, along with 335 tanks, 1,100 armoured personnel carriers, 500 vehicles, 81 helicopters and 49 planes. Moscow has admitted suffering losses, but has not given an accurate figure.

There has been no word from Ukraine on casualties its military has suffered. Russia says it has destroyed more than 2,900 Ukrainian military infrastructure facilities has has taken control of a number of neighbourhoods in besieged southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol.

Ukraine’s military warned on Wednesday that Russia is ‘not abandoning its plans to encircle’ Kyiv and that its ‘defence forces are repelling and holding back’ the offensive ‘in all directions’. 

The crisis in Ukraine is likely to get worse as Russian forces resort to increasingly brutal and indiscriminate attacks on civilian areas in response to stronger than expected resistance. 

On Wednesday, a suspected Russian airstrike shelled a children’s hospital in Mariupol in the south, wounding at least 17 people. Mortuary workers were pictured putting corpses in body bags or carpets, taking them to the outskirts of the besieged port city, and then dumping them in mass graves.

CIA director William Burns on Tuesday said that Russian losses have been ‘far in excess’ of what Moscow expected, sparking fears that Putin’s generals will ramp up their ‘war of terror’ on innocent civilians and strike further non-military targets.

An official told The Times in London: ‘I think around Kyiv they are continuing to tighten the noose… this is definitely not over. They are still set on moving in. It’ll be utterly horrific when they do’.

Britain’s Ministry of Defence said fighting continued northwest of the capital on Wednesday, with the cities of Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Sumy and Mariupol being heavily pummelled by surrounding Russian forces.

Putin’s troops are placing military equipment on farms and amid residential buildings in the northern city of Chernihiv, Ukraine’s military said. In the south, Russians in civilian clothes are advancing on the city of Mykolaiv, a Black Sea shipbuilding centre of 500,000 people, it said.

A Russian tank column that attempted to move into the outskirts of the capital Kyiv on Wednesday, through the satellite city of Brovary, was ambushed by artillery and missile strikes

A Russian tank column that attempted to move into the outskirts of the capital Kyiv on Wednesday, through the satellite city of Brovary, was ambushed by artillery and missile strikes

A Russian tank column that attempted to move into the outskirts of the capital Kyiv on Wednesday, through the satellite city of Brovary, was ambushed by artillery and missile strikes 

Drone footage released by the Ukrainian military showed shells raining down on the convoy, destroying a number of tanks and armoured vehicles - as intercepted radio chatter suggested 'heavy' losses among Russian troops

Drone footage released by the Ukrainian military showed shells raining down on the convoy, destroying a number of tanks and armoured vehicles - as intercepted radio chatter suggested 'heavy' losses among Russian troops

Drone footage released by the Ukrainian military showed shells raining down on the convoy, destroying a number of tanks and armoured vehicles – as intercepted radio chatter suggested ‘heavy’ losses among Russian troops

The attack on Brovary (pictured) came as Russian troops also attacked in Irpin, to the west, though they made 'little progress' with a Ukrainian counter-attack underway in the early hours

The attack on Brovary (pictured) came as Russian troops also attacked in Irpin, to the west, though they made 'little progress' with a Ukrainian counter-attack underway in the early hours

The attack on Brovary (pictured) came as Russian troops also attacked in Irpin, to the west, though they made ‘little progress’ with a Ukrainian counter-attack underway in the early hours

A Russian armoured vehicle sits by the side of the road in Brovary, to the east of Kyiv, after being destroyed in an artillery and rocket ambush that caused heavy casualties

A Russian armoured vehicle sits by the side of the road in Brovary, to the east of Kyiv, after being destroyed in an artillery and rocket ambush that caused heavy casualties

A Russian armoured vehicle sits by the side of the road in Brovary, to the east of Kyiv, after being destroyed in an artillery and rocket ambush that caused heavy casualties

A destroyed Russian tank is seen abandoned by the side of the road in Brovary, to the east of Kyiv, as Putin's men try to push into the outskirts of the capital

A destroyed Russian tank is seen abandoned by the side of the road in Brovary, to the east of Kyiv, as Putin's men try to push into the outskirts of the capital

A destroyed Russian tank is seen abandoned by the side of the road in Brovary, to the east of Kyiv, as Putin’s men try to push into the outskirts of the capital

Analysts believe the Russian assault on Kyiv is now underway, as troops massed in both the west and east try to push into the city limits - with missions also underway to surround the capital from the south west

Analysts believe the Russian assault on Kyiv is now underway, as troops massed in both the west and east try to push into the city limits - with missions also underway to surround the capital from the south west

Analysts believe the Russian assault on Kyiv is now underway, as troops massed in both the west and east try to push into the city limits – with missions also underway to surround the capital from the south west

Dramatic new footage from Wednesday morning shows Kremlin ‘peacekeeping’ tanks driving through the town of Irpin

Dramatic new footage from Wednesday morning shows Kremlin ‘peacekeeping’ tanks driving through the town of Irpin

Dramatic new footage from Wednesday morning shows Kremlin ‘peacekeeping’ tanks driving through the town of Irpin

A Ukrainian serviceman aims towards Russian positions outside the city of Brovary, east of Kyiv

A Ukrainian serviceman aims towards Russian positions outside the city of Brovary, east of Kyiv

A Ukrainian serviceman aims towards Russian positions outside the city of Brovary, east of Kyiv

Ukraine has rejected most Russian evacuation routes because they lead to Russian soil or that of its ally, Belarus, while routes that Ukraine has proposed have come under bombardment. The only successful evacuation to take place so far has been from Sumy to Poltava (in green)

Ukrainian emergency employees and volunteers carry an injured pregnant woman from a maternity hospital that was damaged by shelling in Mariupol

Ukrainian emergency employees and volunteers carry an injured pregnant woman from a maternity hospital that was damaged by shelling in Mariupol

Ukrainian emergency employees and volunteers carry an injured pregnant woman from a maternity hospital that was damaged by shelling in Mariupol

A woman injured in Russian shelling of Mariupol's maternity hospital stands outside wrapped in a blanket amid the carnage

A woman injured in Russian shelling of Mariupol's maternity hospital stands outside wrapped in a blanket amid the carnage

A woman injured in Russian shelling of Mariupol’s maternity hospital stands outside wrapped in a blanket amid the carnage

A doctor navigates the ward of a maternity hospital in Mariupol, southern Ukraine, after it was destroyed by Russian bombs

A doctor navigates the ward of a maternity hospital in Mariupol, southern Ukraine, after it was destroyed by Russian bombs

A doctor navigates the ward of a maternity hospital in Mariupol, southern Ukraine, after it was destroyed by Russian bombs

A doctor carries personal belongings out of a hospital room with bloodstained beds after a Russian airstrike in Mariupol

A doctor carries personal belongings out of a hospital room with bloodstained beds after a Russian airstrike in Mariupol

A doctor carries personal belongings out of a hospital room with bloodstained beds after a Russian airstrike in Mariupol

Ukrainian servicemen work inside of the damaged by shelling maternity hospital in Mariupol, Ukraine

Ukrainian servicemen work inside of the damaged by shelling maternity hospital in Mariupol, Ukraine

Ukrainian servicemen work inside of the damaged by shelling maternity hospital in Mariupol, Ukraine

A woman injured in Russian shelling of Mariupol's maternity hospital stands outside wrapped in a blanket amid the carnage

A woman injured in Russian shelling of Mariupol's maternity hospital stands outside wrapped in a blanket amid the carnage

A woman injured in Russian shelling of Mariupol’s maternity hospital stands outside wrapped in a blanket amid the carnage

Ukraine war: The latest 

Ukraine accuses Russia of a “war crime” over a devastating attack on a children’s hospital

Some 1,207 civilians have been killed in the 10-day Russian siege on Mariupol, its mayor says

Red Cross calls situation in Mariupol “apocalyptic” after more than a week without water, power or heat

35,000 civilians are evacuated from other Ukrainian cities during a 12-hour ceasefire

Fears are mounting Kyiv will also soon be encircled, with Russian tanks just a few miles away

Two women and a 13-year-old boy are killed overnight in bombing near Sumy overnight

Four people are killed in bombing on Kharkiv, with a five-year-old girl rushed to hospital wounded

US lawmakers pass a $14bn aid package for Ukraine with Canada pledging more military equipment

The International Monetary Fund approves $1.4 billion in emergency financing for Ukraine

The United States deploys two new Patriot surface-to-air missile batteries in Poland

Fearing a wider conflict, the Pentagon rejects a Polish offer to give MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine

Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers are in Turkey to hold face-to-face talks

Britain calls on the G7 to ban Russian oil, but move is opposed by France, Germany, Italy and Japan

Nuclear watchdog says it is not receiving updates from either Chernobyl or Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plants, both of which are in Russian hands 

Washington rejects Russian claims it funded bioweapons research in Ukraine, and warns Russia could be about to use chemical or biological weapons itself

UN says at least 2.2 million people have fled Ukraine, with more than half now in Poland

Oil prices tumble while US and European and Asian stocks surge after days of market turmoil 

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The Ukrainian military, meanwhile, is building up defences in cities in the north, south and east, and forces around Kyiv are ‘holding the line’ against the Russian offensive, authorities said.

In Irpin, a town of 60,000, police officers and soldiers helped elderly residents from their homes. One man was hoisted out of a damaged structure on a makeshift stretcher, while another was pushed toward Kyiv in a shopping cart. Fleeing residents said they had been without power and water for the past four days.

Regional administration head Oleksiy Kuleba said the crisis for civilians is deepening in and around Kyiv, with the situation particularly dire in the suburbs.

‘Russia is artificially creating a humanitarian crisis in the Kyiv region, frustrating the evacuation of people and continuing shelling and bombing small communities,’ he said.

The situation is even worse in Mariupol, a strategic city of 430,000 people on the Sea of Azov that has been encircled by Russian forces for the past week.

Efforts to evacuate residents and deliver badly needed food, water and medicine failed on Tuesday because of what the Ukrainians said were continued Russian attacks. The city took advantage of a lull in the shelling on Wednesday to hurriedly bury 70 people. Some were soldiers but most were civilians.

Authorities announced new cease-fires on Wednesday morning to allow thousands of civilians to escape from towns around Kyiv as well as the southern cities of Mariupol, Enerhodar and Volnovakha, Izyum in the east and Sumy in the northeast.

Previous attempts to establish safe evacuation corridors largely failed because of what the Ukrainians said were Russian attacks. But Putin, in a telephone call with Germany’s chancellor, accused militant Ukrainian nationalists of hampering the evacuations.

It was not immediately clear whether anyone was able to leave other cities on Wednesday, but people streamed out of Kyiv’s suburbs, many headed for the city centre, even as explosions were heard in the capital and air raid sirens sounded repeatedly. From there, the evacuees planned to board trains bound for western Ukrainian regions not under attack.

Nationwide, thousands are thought to have been killed, both civilians and soldiers, in the two weeks of fighting since Putin’s forces invaded. The UN estimates more than 2million people have fled the country, the biggest exodus of refugees in Europe since the end of the Second World War.

The fighting knocked out power to the decommissioned Chernobyl nuclear plant, raising fears about the spent fuel that is stored at the site and must be kept cool. But the UN nuclear watchdog agency said it saw ‘no critical impact on safety’ from the loss of power. 

Zelensky warned on Wednesday that ‘millions’ of Ukrainians could die if NATO and the West wait for World War Three to start before imposing a no-fly zone over Ukraine. He also warned that Russia wants Ukrainians to ‘feel like animals’ as he urged the West to act two weeks after Moscow launched an all-out invasion of his homeland – and added that Putin is ‘going directly to hell’.

‘They want us to feel like animals because they blocked our cities, the biggest cities in Ukraine and they blocked them because they don’t want our people to get some food or water,’ he said in an interview with Sky News.

‘We can’t stop all of this alone. Only if the world will unite around Ukraine.

‘Don’t wait for me to ask you several times, a million times, to close the sky. You have to phone us, to our people who lost their children, and say ‘sorry we didn’t do it yesterday’.

‘The world did nothing. I’m sorry, but it’s true. In future, it will be too late. They will close the sky but will lose millions of people [while they wait]’.

Ukraine has called on Putin’s Russia to ‘capitulate’ as Kremlin lapdog Sergei Lavrov prepares for ‘peace talks’ with Kyiv’s foreign minister in Turkey on Thursday.

Moscow’s most senior diplomat arrived in the southern resort city of Antalya to negotiate with Dmytro Kuleba at a summit mediated by Ankara, which has supplied Ukraine with drones and condemned the invasion but criticised punitive global sanctions against Russia.

Russia and Ukraine’s meeting will be the highest-level diplomatic encounter since the Kremlin launched a full-scale operation to ‘demilitarise’ and ‘de-Nazify’ the country – aims dismissed as baseless pretexts by Kyiv and the West to instead overthrow Zelensky. 

But in a video on Facebook confirming that talks would proceed, Kuleba said his expectations were ‘limited’ and that the success of the negotiations would depend on ‘what instructions and directives Lavrov is under’ from the Kremlin at the discussions. 

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Members of the Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces train to use an anti-tank weapon on the outskirts of Kyiv, March 9, 2022

Members of the Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces train to use an anti-tank weapon on the outskirts of Kyiv, March 9, 2022

Members of the Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces train to use an anti-tank weapon on the outskirts of Kyiv, March 9, 2022

A child looks out a steamy bus window with drawings on it as civilians are evacuated from Irpin, March 9, 2022

A child looks out a steamy bus window with drawings on it as civilians are evacuated from Irpin, March 9, 2022

A child looks out a steamy bus window with drawings on it as civilians are evacuated from Irpin, March 9, 2022

A military priest tries to comfort a crying woman who was evacuated from Irpin, at a triage point in Kyiv, March 9, 2022

A military priest tries to comfort a crying woman who was evacuated from Irpin, at a triage point in Kyiv, March 9, 2022

A military priest tries to comfort a crying woman who was evacuated from Irpin, at a triage point in Kyiv, March 9, 2022

Residents cross the destroyed bridge as they flee from the frontline town of Irpin, Kyiv (Kiev) region, Ukraine, 09 March 2022

Residents cross the destroyed bridge as they flee from the frontline town of Irpin, Kyiv (Kiev) region, Ukraine, 09 March 2022

Residents cross the destroyed bridge as they flee from the frontline town of Irpin, Kyiv (Kiev) region, Ukraine, 09 March 2022

Smoke rise after shelling in Mariupol, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Smoke rise after shelling in Mariupol, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Smoke rise after shelling in Mariupol, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 9, 2022

People flee near a destroyed bridge to cross Irpin River as Russia's invasion on Ukraine continues, in Irpin outside Kyiv, Ukraine, March 9, 2022

People flee near a destroyed bridge to cross Irpin River as Russia's invasion on Ukraine continues, in Irpin outside Kyiv, Ukraine, March 9, 2022

People flee near a destroyed bridge to cross Irpin River as Russia’s invasion on Ukraine continues, in Irpin outside Kyiv, Ukraine, March 9, 2022 

Residents cross the destroyed bridge as they flee from the frontline town of Irpin, March 9, 2022

Residents cross the destroyed bridge as they flee from the frontline town of Irpin, March 9, 2022

Residents cross the destroyed bridge as they flee from the frontline town of Irpin, March 9, 2022 

A baby is carried as people flee near a destroyed bridge to cross Irpin River as Russia's invasion on Ukraine continues, in Irpin outside Kyiv, Ukraine, March 9, 2022

A baby is carried as people flee near a destroyed bridge to cross Irpin River as Russia's invasion on Ukraine continues, in Irpin outside Kyiv, Ukraine, March 9, 2022

A baby is carried as people flee near a destroyed bridge to cross Irpin River as Russia’s invasion on Ukraine continues, in Irpin outside Kyiv, Ukraine, March 9, 2022 

Residents cross the destroyed bridge as they flee from the frontline town of Irpin, Ukraine, March 9, 2022

Residents cross the destroyed bridge as they flee from the frontline town of Irpin, Ukraine, March 9, 2022

Residents cross the destroyed bridge as they flee from the frontline town of Irpin, Ukraine, March 9, 2022

This image taken from video provided by the Mariupol City Council shows the aftermath of Mariupol Hospital after an attack, in the besieged port city of Mariupol, March 9, 2022

This image taken from video provided by the Mariupol City Council shows the aftermath of Mariupol Hospital after an attack, in the besieged port city of Mariupol, March 9, 2022

This image taken from video provided by the Mariupol City Council shows the aftermath of Mariupol Hospital after an attack, in the besieged port city of Mariupol, March 9, 2022

Ukrainian soldiers and emergency employees work at the side of the damaged maternity hospital in Mariupol, March 9, 2022

Ukrainian soldiers and emergency employees work at the side of the damaged maternity hospital in Mariupol, March 9, 2022

Ukrainian soldiers and emergency employees work at the side of the damaged maternity hospital in Mariupol, March 9, 2022

Mortuary workers move a dead body into a plastic bag in outskirts of Mariupol, March 9, 2022

Mortuary workers move a dead body into a plastic bag in outskirts of Mariupol, March 9, 2022

Mortuary workers move a dead body into a plastic bag in outskirts of Mariupol, March 9, 2022 

Civilians wait to board a train as they flee Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Odessa, March 9, 2022

Civilians wait to board a train as they flee Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Odessa, March 9, 2022

Civilians wait to board a train as they flee Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in Odessa, March 9, 2022 

Ukraine’s deputy PM rejects Moscow’s ‘ultimatums’ and demands Putin give up his war as Lavrov lands in Turkey for talks today with Kyiv counterpart 

Ukraine has called on Putin’s Russia to ‘capitulate’ as Kremlin lapdog Sergei Lavrov prepares for ‘peace talks’ with Kyiv’s foreign minister in Turkey on Thursday.

Moscow’s most senior diplomat arrived in the southern resort city of Antalya to negotiate with Dmytro Kuleba at a summit mediated by Ankara, which has supplied Ukraine with drones and condemned the invasion but criticised punitive global sanctions against Russia.

Russia and Ukraine’s meeting will be the highest-level diplomatic encounter since the Kremlin launched a full-scale operation to ‘demilitarise’ and ‘de-Nazify’ the country – aims dismissed as baseless pretexts by Kyiv and the West to instead overthrow Volodymyr Zelensky. 

But in a video on Facebook confirming that talks would proceed, Kuleba said his expectations were ‘limited’ and that the success of the negotiations would depend on ‘what instructions and directives Lavrov is under’ from the Kremlin at the discussions.

Russia has demanded that Ukraine cease military action, change its constitution to enshrine neutrality so it cannot join the EU or NATO, recognise Crimea as sovereign Russian territory and recognise the separatist republics of Donetsk and Luhansk as independent territories.

Speaking to BBC Newsnight on Wednesday, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister Iryna Verashchuk called Moscow’s peace terms ‘ultimatums’ and thundered: ‘There is only one discussion to be had: Russia’s capitulation.’

‘I think that in order to make demands you need to meet, you need to talk. But of course, the ultimatums that Russia has put forward are unacceptable: to recognize Crimea, to recognise the separatist republics as independent states, this is completely impossible,’ she said.

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Russia has demanded that Ukraine cease military action, change its constitution to enshrine neutrality so it cannot join the EU or NATO, recognise Crimea as sovereign Russian territory and recognise the separatist republics of Donetsk and Luhansk as independent territories.

Speaking to BBC Newsnight on Wednesday, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister Iryna Verashchuk called Moscow’s peace terms ‘ultimatums’ and thundered: ‘There is only one discussion to be had: Russia’s capitulation.’ 

‘I think that in order to make demands you need to meet, you need to talk. But of course, the ultimatums that Russia has put forward are unacceptable: to recognize Crimea, to recognise the separatist republics as independent states, this is completely impossible,’ she said.

‘Of course we cannot trade away our territory, we would have to amend the constitution. How could we look the Ukrainian people in the eye and calmly give away a part of sovereign independent Ukraine. How will we look our children in the eyes? This is aggression, not just against Ukraine as you can clearly see. This is a challenge to the whole world.’

Asked what Ukraine wants from the West, Verashchuk went on: ‘We want them to help us to impose a no-fly zone, at least over critical infrastructure. We would like air defence systems’.

When it was put to her that Britain and the US have ruled out no-fly zones because of the risk of nuclear war with Russia, Kyiv’s deputy prime minister retorted: ‘And the fact that the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is no longer under our control? You don’t think that is a nuclear standoff with Russia? 

‘Putin is raising the stakes, he knows that. Who do you think this is aimed at? President Zelensky, or President Biden?’. 

Putin’s actions have sparked an unprecedented Western diplomatic, economic and cultural boycott of Russia and all things Russian.

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson has committed to impose the ‘maximum economic cost’ on Russia as the Foreign Secretary is expected to say aggression like Putin’s must ‘never again’ be allowed to ‘grow unchecked’.

In a call on Wednesday evening, the Prime Minister joined Zelensky in condemning a reported Russian strike on a maternity hospital in the besieged port city of Mariupol.

He noted that this, together with reports Russian forces had failed to respect ceasefire agreements, was ‘yet further evidence that Putin was acting with careless disregard for international humanitarian law’, Downing Street said.

Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss prepared to call for a ‘paradigm shift’ in the wake of Russia’s assault on Ukraine.

In a speech in the US on Thursday, she will make comparisons between the Russian despot’s actions and 9/11, and will urge the international community to change its approach to dealing with antagonistic world leaders.

One of the three areas where she will say the UK wants to see stronger action is on forging stronger global alliances, including with countries not historically aligned to Britain, according to Foreign Office officials.

Giving the Makins Lecture at the Atlantic Council think tank in Washington, the Cabinet minister will say it is time to end ‘strategic dependence’ on hostile and authoritarian states, including a departure from using Russian energy.

It comes after the UK and the US on Tuesday announced they will phase out imports of Russian oil by the end of the year as part of increased sanctions on Moscow.

Truss will also argue that allies must strengthen deterrence by spending more on defence and NATO, warning that the ‘era of complacency is over’.

The Foreign Secretary is expected to say that the West needs to become ‘tough’ in its approach to global security in the wake of the Ukraine crisis in order to prevent future aggressors from making advances.

She will urge leaders to ramp up global pressure and ‘tighten the vice’ on the Kremlin, including by implementing further sanctions, such as encouraging other countries to join in bringing about punitive measures and implementing a ‘full Swift ban’.

Truss, who on Wednesday met US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, is scheduled to argue that Putin has ‘launched a full-frontal assault’ not just on Ukraine but ‘on the very foundation of our societies and the rules by which we coexist’.

She will add: ‘The invasion of Ukraine is a paradigm shift on the scale of 9/11. How we respond today will set the pattern for this new era.

‘If we let Putin’s expansionism go unchallenged it would send a dangerous message to would-be aggressors and authoritarians around the world. We can’t allow that to happen.’

Source: dailymail

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