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We cannot rest until Ukraine prevails and Vladimir Putin fails

As the Ukraine horror enters its seventh week, Britain is leading the global effort to ensure Vladimir Putin loses.

We have joined forces with our allies and partners to bolster our Ukrainian friends in their insurgency and to hit his regime with sanctions where it hurts. But we don’t stop there.

As the Ukraine horror enters its seventh week, Britain is leading the global effort to ensure Vladimir Putin loses

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As the Ukraine horror enters its seventh week, Britain is leading the global effort to ensure Vladimir Putin losesPhoto credit: AFP
If Putin had been serious about the peace talks, he would have stopped shelling innocent civilians and pulled his soldiers out of Ukraine forever

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If Putin had been serious about the peace talks, he would have stopped shelling innocent civilians and pulled his soldiers out of Ukraine foreverPhoto credit: AFP

I have just returned from India as part of my diplomatic push to rally our friends in defense of freedom and sovereignty.

Next week I will be flying to Poland to see the great work we are doing on the ground to meet the human costs Putin‘s war.

Then I will go to Brussels to work with our NATO allies and G7 partners to drive action forward.

This is post-Brexit Global Britain in action – muscular, assertive and determined in a time of global peril.

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We can be proud of being the first country in Europe to lead the way in supplying arms to the people of Ukraine.

We have sanctioned more of Putin’s cronies and Russian corporations than any other country. And we’re a top donor of relief supplies – sending food, blankets and medical supplies to help our Ukrainian friends through their darkest hour.

We know that Putin was caught off guard by the strength of the West’s response.

He figured the people of Ukraine would either slack off or welcome his troops with open arms. Instead, they’re more likely to greet them with a rocket from a British built NLAW tank destroyer. They are also fitted with UK-made Starstreak missiles to keep the skies clear.

Britain has set the pace in sanctioning Putin and his henchmen. We, along with our G7 partners, warned that Russian aggression would have grave consequences and have since imposed the toughest sanctions they have ever seen.

But our work is far from done. If Putin had been serious about the peace talks, he would have stopped shelling innocent civilians and pulled his soldiers out of Ukraine forever. We can and must do more to make him think.

To get peace, we have to be tough. That means working with our allies and partners to redouble what has already forced Putin to withdraw — sanctions on his regime and significant weapons for Ukraine. Our sanctions are pushing the Russian economy back to Soviet times. This was only possible by joining forces with our allies to harness the economic power of the G7 as countries representing more than half of the world’s net worth.

However, that will not be enough to cut off funding for Putin’s war machine. We must move farther and faster to take action against those filling his war chest.

The UK is leading by example when it comes to prosecuting those funding the Putin regime. We have met 16 Russian banks and cut our Russian oil imports this year. We focus on other industries involved in this war, like diamonds. We hit Putin’s lapdogs and cronies with sanctions.

Untold horrors

There’s nowhere to hide. This week we sanctioned host Sergey Brilev and other propagandists peddling Putin’s fake news. We also met Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, dubbed the “Butcher of Mariupol” for leading the barbaric siege warfare against this Ukrainian city.

We sanction Putin’s favorites like Roman Abramovich. We turn the screw on the Russian oligarchs by grounding their jets and impounding their superyachts.

They cannot wash their hands from this illegal invasion. Strength is the only thing Putin understands, and that must continue to guide our response. We must hit his regime hard with more sanctions.

This is key to putting Ukraine in the strongest possible position in any peace talks. We cannot allow our friends to be sold out at the negotiating table. That means ensuring that Putin is never again able to threaten Ukraine.

The world can see the untold horrors caused by his aggression. We have a moral duty to act, which is why the UK is helping people by providing £220m in humanitarian aid.

We packed around 16 trucks with food and water to help cities surrounded by Putin’s forces – the first deliveries arrived this week.

We also flown out more than 13 planeloads of medicines and medical supplies.

At this crucial moment, Britain is doing what it does best. We take the lead in defending freedom and democracy. We are committed to expanding the coalition of free democracies. And we’re showing our strength in this mission to stop Putin’s war once and for all.

Now is the time not only to stay the course, but to put our foot on the ground.

Together we cannot rest until Ukraine prevails and Putin fails.

Liz Truss is the British Foreign Secretary

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Liz Truss is the British Foreign SecretaryCredit: PA

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