The French president accuses the UK of not complying with its “great statements”.
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French President Emmanuel Macron has criticized the British government for failing to live up to its “big statements” about helping Ukrainian refugees.
His comments come as the Government intends to increase pressure on the Kremlin.
In an update on Saturday morning, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said fighting northwest of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv continued, with most of Russia’s ground forces now several miles from their centre. about 25 km.
Elements of the large Russian column north of Kyiv have dispersed, the MoD added, likely supporting the aggressors’ attempt to encircle the city, the MoD added.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian government said a mosque in the city of Mariupol was shelled by Russian troops.
The mosque is said to have sheltered more than 80 people. No casualties reported.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also accused Russia of kidnapping the mayor of Melitopol, a port city in southern Ukraine.
Speaking at the conclusion of an EU summit in Versailles on Friday, Mr Macron is said to have criticized Britain’s visa policy, which requires applicants to meet in person in Brussels or Paris.
According to The Guardian, the French president said this exacerbated the situation for those fleeing the war.
He added: “Despite all the great claims… the UK government’s continued application of current rules means they are not welcoming Ukrainian refugees who want to come to UK soil and say they have to. travel hundreds of kilometers to get a visa.
“I hope that Ukrainian men and women who have gone through terrible times and crossed Europe to their families on UK territory will be treated better.”
In response to Mr Macron’s reported remarks, the Interior Ministry pointed to previous remarks made by Interior Minister Priti Patel, which stated: “We are now making the process faster and simpler. by eliminating the need to visit visa application centers for many people making the perilous journey across Europe.”
On Thursday, Ms. Patel announced that from Tuesday, people will be able to apply for their visas online and will no longer have to visit a processing center to provide their biometrics.
Tony Stein, executive director of Healthcare Management Solutions, suggested Saturday morning that Ukrainians fleeing the war could find work and a place to live through the healthcare sector. UK health.
He told BBC Radio 4: , who might have the skills we’re looking for… they could be nurses or people of interest who would be a perfect fit for the roles in this country. .”
Meanwhile, the government is intending to increase pressure on the Kremlin with plans to ban luxury exports to Russia in the latest move to isolate Vladimir Putin.
Details of the plan will be released in the coming days, Downing Street said.
It comes as Boris Johnson joined other G7 leaders on Friday in pledging to further increase pressure on the Russian President’s regime.
The group agreed to take steps to deny Russia “most-favored nation” status for key products, which the Group of 10 said would significantly reduce the ability of Russian businesses to export.
Sharing the news on Friday night, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said the UK was “in solidarity with our G7 partners” and would “continue to strengthen our response” to deter further aggression. of Russia to its neighbours.
But Labor said the luxury goods ban “should not have lasted this long”.
Nick Thomas-Symonds, Labour’s shadow international trade secretary, said: “Labour has been calling for weeks now for a ban on luxury items being sent to Russia, so it’s welcome that the Government has The UK has finally listened – but shouldn’t have taken this long.
“We cannot allow Putin and his friends in Moscow to live the Mayfair lifestyle while they kill innocent people during their illegal invasion of Ukraine.”
The announcement comes following British sanctions against nearly 400 Russian MPs, with ministers seeking to “squeeze” Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine.
Also on Friday, former Tory Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt called Russia’s invasion of Ukraine “the biggest failure of Western foreign and security policy of our lifetime”.
Writing in The Daily Telegraph, he said: “It happened because we forgot the most basic lesson of the Cold War: the power of deterrence.”
He added: “Instead of peace through strength, we make war through weakness.”
Mr Hunt also suggested the UK should increase spending on “defence, aid and soft power” by at least 4% of GDP over the next decade.
Earlier, the UK’s permanent representative to the United Nations accused Russia of spreading “extravagant, completely baseless and irresponsible conspiracy theories”.
It comes as the United Nations security council meets at Russia’s request to discuss claims Moscow has issued regarding biological activities in Ukraine.
Ms. Barbara Woodward said Russia must not “abuse the permanent seat” on the council to “spread disinformation and lies”.
Prime Minister Johnson has previously expressed concern Russia is spreading a “fake story” that the US or Ukraine have chemical weapons in Ukraine as a pretext for an atrocity.
The Ukraine crisis is expected to be a topic of discussion when Mr Johnson meets Irish Prime Minister Michael Martin for talks on Saturday.
The UK has now sanctioned more than 500 high-value individuals and entities since the invasion of Ukraine began, while Russian planes, including oligarchs’ private jets, were damaged. entry to the UK is prohibited.
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