President urges people to ‘come from your offices, your homes, your schools and universities’ to support Ukraine
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy has called for citizens worldwide to take to the streets “in the name of peace” and hold global protests against Russia’s bloody war, one month after the invasion began.
Zelenskiy’s appeal come as world leaders prepare to hold a series of emergency summits in Europe that aim to ratchet up pressure on Russian president Vladimir Putin to end the war.
US is expected to announce a new package of Russia sanctions on Thursday, targeting politicians and oligarchs. More Russian banks and state enterprises may also be added to a blacklist, cutting them off from using the Belgium-based Swift financial messaging system.
Nato announced it will double its troops along the alliance’s eastern flank, beginning the deployment of four new battlegroups in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia.
On the eve of a meeting with Biden, European Union nations signed off on another €500m ($550m) in military aid for Ukraine.
UK will double the number of missiles it sends to Ukraine and urge western allies to step up provisions of lethal aid to the country. Boris Johnson said the UK would provide 6,000 new defensive missiles, including high-explosive weapons, and £25m from Foreign Office funds to help Ukraine pay its military and police forces.