Foreign Secretary Liz Truss will promise the UK will “do everything possible to ensure Ukraine wins the war and recovers”.
She will tell the Ukraine Recovery Conference in Switzerland today that the UK will support the warring nation for the “long term” and resist Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion.
The Foreign Ministry said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has asked the UK to stand up for the recovery of the capital Kiev and the surrounding region.
But attempts to rebuild the area are made more difficult by Russia’s ability to hit the capital with missiles as Kremlin forces slowly advance in the east.
Ms. Truss will use the conference in the city of Lugano to outline a vision to provide both immediate and long-term support to Ukraine.
- In his late night speech, Mr Zelenskyy acknowledged that Ukrainian troops had withdrawn from the main city of Lysychansk in the Donbas, but vowed that they would recapture it
- Eight Ukrainian city and village leaders are imprisoned in Russia, according to the Association of Cities of Ukraine
- Ukrainian troops repel Russian advance in Novomykhailivka, Bohorodychne and Ivanivka
- A Russian mine explodes, killing one civilian and injuring another in the Odessa region
“Ukraine’s recovery from the Russian war of aggression will be a symbol of the power of democracy over autocracy. It will show Putin that his efforts to destroy Ukraine have only resulted in a stronger, more prosperous and more united nation,” he said. they say.
“The UK is resolute in its support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and will stand by Ukraine’s side as it emerges as a strong, thriving and advanced democracy.
“We have led the way in supporting Ukraine during the war and will continue to lead the way in supporting the Ukrainian government’s reconstruction and development plan.”
Ms Truss will announce plans to host next year’s recovery conference as the government commits to a Marshall Plan-like program, a reference to the program used to rebuild Europe after World War II.
“The UK will do everything possible to make sure Ukraine wins the war and recovers. We need to be in this for the long haul,” she adds.
Russia conquers Lysychansk – Zelenskyy vows to retake main city: follow live updates
Moscow is targeting the eastern regions of Luhansk and Donetsk after President Putin withdrew his troops from the offensive in Kiev after meeting fierce resistance.
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On Sunday, President Zelenskyy acknowledged that Ukrainian forces had withdrawn from Lysychansk after a devastating Russian attack, but promised to regain control of the area using Western long-range weapons.
Russia said the capture of Lysychansk less than a week after taking neighboring Severodonetsk gave it full control of the eastern region of Luhansk.
Last week, Russia hit Kiev with rocket attacks in what Ukraine says was an intimidation attempt, as the city’s residents try to return to normal life under siege.