Kerry McCarthy Labour MP for Bristol East
Tragically, it’s now clear that a full-scale invasion of Ukraine is underway. The unprovoked attack is a tyrannical assault on Ukraine, Europe, and democracy itself. It will no doubt result in a catastrophic loss of human life.
The Prime Minister will make a statement at 5pm today in Parliament, which will coincide with a solidarity protest outside Downing Street.
Putin has plunged Europe into war, and I know I speak for people across our city and our country when I offer my full solidarity to all Ukrainians whose right to simply exist is being denied. I know many of those in Bristol with friends and relatives in Ukraine will be waking up this morning fearful. Fearful for those they know, and for the future of Europe. I’d like you to know you are not alone.
Putin must understand that he is not unaccountable. His aggression will not be without repercussion. And most importantly, he will not prevail.
I’ll be pursuing the strongest possible package of sanctions for Russia in Parliament. We must act swiftly and decisively to root out all Russian financial influence here in the UK.
Bristol stands with Ukraine.