Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has presented British Prime Minister Boris Johnson with a ‘shopping list’ of the weapons needed to defeat Russian troops – with more British anti-tank missiles being dispatched almost daily.
Johnson said the the last batch of weapons would be flown to Poland and drove to Ukraine in “hours and days”.
A source said: “Zelensky has made very specific requests for military equipment in almost daily phone calls, and we are working around the clock to get them into Ukraine.”
Johnson told his cabinet: “It is becoming clearer every day that Putin made a colossal mistake in believing that his tank guns would be adorned with roses when instead the Ukrainian people had opposed a fierce resistance to defend his homeland.
Today, Johnson will fly to Poland and Estonia to meet British troops serving on NATO’s eastern flank.
Last night he said that these are “two countries that are seriously affected by the current crisis in Ukraine. We share values that are more important than ever to protect as the humanitarian situation worsens. We speak with one voice when we say, [Russian President Vladimir] Putin must fail.
Western officials believe the struggling Russian attack deployed half of the troops Putin had been building up on the Ukrainian border since last fall.
But they fear the frustrated Kremlin tyrant may resort to more “indiscriminate” shelling and shelling as he grows angry at the slowness of his invasion.
One said Putin had “stoked a hornet’s nest” but also underestimated the Ukrainians’ ability to fight.
They added that it is “very clear that they are well behind the schedule that they have set”. Poor planning and a failure to knock out Ukraine’s air defenses in the first salvo of its attack left the advancing Russian columns poorly exposed and open to “smart” resistance from the Ukrainians.
An official also lambasted the isolated Kremlin leader, suggesting he was not listening to advice.
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They said: “Putin’s inner circle, with whom he could discuss this kind of planning, is very, very small. The number of people inside a decision-making loop is indeed very small.
Meanwhile, more than 100,000 Ukrainians fleeing the invasion will be able to come to the UK, Home Secretary Priti Patel has said.
Patel said immediate family, partners and children under 18 of Britons and Ukrainians already here will be able to come even if they do not meet normal visa requirements.
She said such applications were prioritized but would not waive all visas for security fears despite calls from MPs to do so.
There are serious fears that Russian criminals or agents are exploiting unchecked access to the UK.
Instead, humanitarian aid will focus primarily on helping displaced people in neighboring countries so they can return home as soon as possible.
The UN said more than 500,000 Ukrainian refugees had already fled.
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