The United Kingdom, United States, France, Germany and Italy will increase pressure on Russia over Moscow’s special military operation in Ukraine, the British government said in a statement.
“The Prime Minister spoke this afternoon with the leaders of the Quint – the UK, the United States, France, Germany and Italy – to discuss our coordinated response to the escalating crisis in Ukraine,” it said.
“Leaders reiterated their continued commitment to provide military, diplomatic and economic support to Ukraine and to provide the democratically elected government in Kyiv with the resources it needs to defend itself and maintain sweeping and coordinated sanctions,” the statement said.
Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine on February 24 in response to calls from the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) for protection against increasing attacks by Ukrainian troops. The Russian Defense Ministry said the special operation, which targets only Ukraine’s military infrastructure, aims to “demilitarize and denazify” Ukraine. Moscow has said it has no plans to occupy Ukraine. Western nations have imposed numerous sanctions on Russia.
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