Cabinet minister Sajid Javid said people were ‘waking up to a very dark day in Europe’ as Russian President Vladimir Putin escalated tensions over Ukraine by recognizing two breakaway regions
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Sajid Javid says that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has now begun with Vladimir Putin ordering troops into two breakaway regions.
The health minister said people were “waking up to a very dark day in Europe” after President Putin officially recognized Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions, where Moscow-backed separatists have uprising against Kyiv.
Boris Johnson chaired a COBRA meeting early on Tuesday as he prepared to deliver a “sanctions blow” to Russia.
The prime minister said Mr Putin appeared “to want to carry out a full-scale invasion of Ukraine” – and warned the results would be “catastrophic”.
He is expected to make a statement to MPs later today.
Mr Javid told Sky News: “We see that he recognized these breakaway eastern regions in Ukraine and from the reports we can tell that he sent tanks and troops.
“From that you can conclude that the invasion of Ukraine has begun.”
Mr Javid said: “We are waking up to a very dark day in Europe and it is clear from what we have seen and discovered today that the Russians, President Putin, have decided to attack. sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.”
Individuals close to the Kremlin will be targets of the new sanctions regime, he said.
He told LBC: “There will be sanctions, the Prime Minister has been clear about that.
“I am sure from what has been shared by the Prime Minister that individuals with close links to the Russian regime will be targeted, as well as certain economic sectors.”
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After chairing the emergency Cobra meeting, the Prime Minister said: “This is what I should emphasize is only the first round of economic sanctions by the UK against Russia because we expect that there will be a lot of irrational behavior. than Russia.
“I’m afraid all the evidence suggests that President Putin is actually preparing for a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the passage, the subjugation of an independent, sovereign European state and I think , let’s be absolutely clear, that would be absolutely catastrophic.”
On Monday, Mr Johnson said Moscow’s actions were a “bad omen” and a clear breach of international law.
“This is a clear violation of international law, it is a blatant violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and integrity,” he said.
“It is a rejection of the Minsk process and the Minsk Agreements.
“I think it’s a bad omen and a very dark omen.”
It’s “another sign that things are going wrong in Ukraine,” he added.
Mr Johnson spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Monday night to express his concerns and said he would consider further “defensive assistance”.
“Outlining his grave concern in light of recent developments in the region, the Prime Minister told President Zelensky that he believes an invasion is a real possibility in the hours and days to come,” Downing Street said. speak.
The Kremlin announced that Russian forces would “maintain peace” in eastern Ukraine.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/breaking-russian-invasion-ukraine-begun-26295577 Sajid Javid warns Russia's invasion of Ukraine has begun when Putin's tanks flood in