British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announces Support for Ukraine
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced on Saturday that his government will send a squad of 14 Challenge 2 tanks and some 30 AS90 self-propelled artillery to Ukraine in support of the country, in a move that has not gone unnoticed by the Russian government.
Soon after, the Russian government included British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on its sanctions blacklist in retaliation for the United Kingdom’s support for the Ukrainian authorities.
In response to the sanctions, Raab tweeted: “I have been sanctioned by the Russian government. Good. If this is the price for supporting the freedom of Ukraine, then I am glad to have been sanctioned.”
Other British public figures sanctioned were Minister of Territorial Cohesion, Michael Gove, Minister without portfolio Nadhim Zahawi, and former President of the Conservative Party and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Oliver Dowden.
The sanctions come after the Russian spokeswoman for Foreign Affairs, María Zajárova, voiced her concern about the UK’s support for Ukraine.
In a political stand-off between the UK and Russia, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s mandate for increased military action and support for Ukraine is a clear sign of the UK’s commitment to protecting Ukraine’s freedom.