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Norfolk MP James Wild: Russian missile attack on Ukraine shopping centre 'shocking' as Putin’s forces target civilians



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The footage of a shopping centre in flames this week following a Russian missile attack was shocking.

At the weekend, Russian forces bombed an apartment block and narrowly missed striking a kindergarten. These are just the latest examples of the barbarity of Putin’s invasion where his forces openly hit civilian targets. Indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians constitute a war crime and Ukrainian prosecutors are capturing evidence of such crimes, with British assistance, so that those responsible can be held to account.

There has been much speculation about how this war will end and whether some countries will put pressure on Ukraine to agree a peace deal that sees Russia take chunks of territory.

World leaders at the G7 summit in Germany have condemned the ‘sham’ trials which saw death sentences handed to two Britons for fighting Russian forces in Ukraine (PA).
World leaders at the G7 summit in Germany have condemned the ‘sham’ trials which saw death sentences handed to two Britons for fighting Russian forces in Ukraine (PA).

The Prime Minister used the G7 Summit of world leaders to set out that we need to “steel ourselves for a long war” and the coalition of support for Ukraine must remain united. It was encouraging that during the meeting there was a consensus about the need to continue to stand with Ukraine and for Russia to lose.

The world leaders agreed on the need to maintain sanctions for as long as necessary and further measures, including a ban on gold imports were signed off.

And there was a new commitment to support the reconstruction of Ukraine as well as measures to address the food security issues, higher prices, and risk of famine caused by Russia’s actions in preventing grain exports.

James Wild MP visiting Brancaster CofE VA Primary School. MLNF-22PM06131
James Wild MP visiting Brancaster CofE VA Primary School. MLNF-22PM06131

This show of unity followed the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting that did the same. Questions are sometimes asked about the relevance of the Commonwealth but it represents two thirds of the world’s population and some of the fastest growing economies. That’s why part of the government’s Global Britain focus is on deepening our ties with member countries.

A week of international business and jet-setting by the Prime Minister concluded with the NATO Summit in Madrid. In the face of Russian aggression this was a moment to strengthen the collective defence of the Alliance with agreement to put more troops at readiness and increase the forces in Baltic state counties.

This echoed the call from the new head of the British Army for troops to get ready, train hard and engage and by being ready to fight help prevent war.

Of course, the conflict in Ukraine is having a significant impact on people here at home. Higher energy prices, increased food bills, and other costs driven by the higher demand from the opening of economies after Covid have been made worse by this war.

To help people with those extra bills, the government has put in place targeted support including £1,200 for the lowest income households as well as enabling people to keep more of what they own.

Freedom isn’t free. But the UK must always stand up for sovereignty, democracy, and freedom.

James Wild



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