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Lord Cameron says Russia ‘outmatched’ by Ukraine’s allies who must ‘make difference count’ | UK News

Lord Cameron says he wants Ukraine’s allies to “do more” to help defeat Russia and that together they “outmatch” President Vladimir Putin’s regime.

Speaking to Sky News at a security conference in Munich, the foreign secretary said Ukraine’s partners outmatched Russia “25 to one” and that they’ve “got to make that difference count”.

Lord Cameron said: “What I’m clear about is that Britain is absolutely in the lead of providing support [to Ukraine]. The first to provide so many different weapons systems and, of course, first to give the new security guarantees to Ukraine. Now others are following that.

“But most of all… look at what Ukraine’s allies have. If you add up our economies, we outmatch Russia 25 to one. We’ve got the ability to give that diplomatic, military, economic, moral support. We’ve just got to make that difference count.”

The former prime minister again urged the US to approve more aid funding for Ukraine, having already pushed for Congress to go ahead with a proposed $61bn (£49bn) funding package.

The funding package bill has passed through the Senate but faces a deeply uncertain future in the House of Representatives, where hardline Republicans oppose the legislation.

House Speaker Mike Johnson, a Republican, criticised the bill for lacking conservative provisions to stem a record flow of migrants across the US-Mexico border.

Speaking about aid to Ukraine, Lord Cameron said. “Are we doing enough at the moment? No, I want us to do more.

“I know that Britain is doing what it can. The European Union has voted through its package to give massive support to Ukraine. We now need the US Congress to do the same.”

“If all those three things line up, I think that will make a real difference and demonstrate to Putin he can’t wait us out. He’s not going to win by testing our patience.”

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Russian people speak out after Navalny dies

The former prime minister’s comments come after Oleksandr Syrskyi, Ukraine’s newly appointed commander-in-chief, said his forces were retreating from the frontline city of Avdiivka to “avoid encirclement” by Russian troops.

“Of course, things that happen in Ukraine, that’s for the Ukraine armed forces to decide,” Lord Cameron added.

“But I would point you towards the Black Sea, where yet again, another Russian ship has been sunk by incredibly brave Ukrainian action.

“And on the Black Sea, the Russian fleet has been pushed right back across the Black Sea. Ukraine is exporting again. Its economy is growing again. And that is incredibly important news.”

Navalny was ‘incredibly brave man’

Lord Cameron was also asked about Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, a chief critic of President Putin who was confirmed dead by prison authorities in Russia on Friday.

He called Navalny an “incredibly brave man” and added: “His life revealed so much about the truth of Putin’s ghastly regime, and his death has revealed that all over again.

“There should be consequences when appalling human rights outrages like this take place. What we do is, we look at whether there are individual people that are responsible and whether there are individual measures and actions that we can take.

“We don’t announce them in advance, so I can’t say any more than that – but that’s what we’ll be looking at,” Lord Cameron added.

“Of course, we’ve already summoned the ambassador and we’ve made clear our views about this dreadful event and the way this person was treated.”

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He added he would be having further discussions with other foreign ministers about Navalny’s death during the security conference and added: “We’ll be taking action, and I’ll be urging others to do the same.”

Wives of Russian troops ‘encourage’ them to rape Ukrainian women, Ukraine’s first lady says | World News

Ukraine’s first lady has accused Russian forces of using rape as a weapon of war in her country as she called for a “global response”.

Olena Zelenska also claimed the wives of Russian servicemen encouraged them to rape Ukrainian women.

The 44-year-old was speaking in London at an international conference to tackle sexual violence during conflicts.

Ms Zelenska, who is married to president Volodymyr Zelenskyy, 44, talked about sexual violence being perpetrated “systematically and openly” by the invaders as the war in her nation drags on since the Russian offensive began in February.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his wife Olena Zelenska attend a commemoration ceremony for people killed during pro-EU demonstrations in Ukraine in 2014
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Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his wife Olena Zelenska attend a commemoration ceremony for people killed during pro-EU demonstrations in Ukraine in 2014

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“Sexual violence is the most cruel, most animalistic way to prove mastership over someone. And for victims of this kind of violence, it is difficult to testify in war times because nobody feels safe”, she said.

“This is another instrument that they (Russian forces) are using as their weaponry. This is another weapon in their arsenal in this war and conflict. That’s why they’re using this systematically and openly.”

Olena Zelenska

Ms Zelenska said it was “extremely important to recognise this as a war crime and to hold all of the perpetrators accountable”.

‘Russian troops talk to their relatives about rapes’

“We see that the Russian servicemen are very open about this: they talk about it over the phone with their relatives, from phone conversations we’ve managed to capture.

“In fact, the wives of Russian servicemen encourage this, they say, ‘Go on, rape those Ukrainian women, just don’t share this with me, just don’t tell me’.

“This is why there has to be a global response to this.”

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Ukrainian women describe rape ordeal

Last week, an international criminal lawyer helping Kyiv’s war crimes investigations claimed there was evidence that Russian commanders were aware of sexual violence by military personnel in Ukraine “and in some cases, (were) encouraging it or even ordering it”.

Wayne Jordash said in areas around the capital, some of the sexual violence involved a level of organisation by Russian armed forces that “speaks to planning on a more systematic level”.

He did not identify particular individuals under scrutiny.

A UN-backed report published last month said victims of alleged attacks ranged in age from four to over 80, and in some cases family members witnessed rape.

A Russian soldier in March repeatedly sexually abused a girl and threatened to kill family members in northern Ukraine’s Chernihiv region, according to a ruling at Chernihiv district court.

The court this month found 31-year old Ruslan Kuliyev and another Russian soldier under his command guilty of war crimes in absentia for assault on locals, the ruling added.