Boris Johnson will tell international leaders ‘the world is watching’ as he urges them to match rhetoric with action over Russia’s invasion with Ukraine.
It comes as reports suggest around 70 UK elite soldiers and 150 US Navy Seals are training for a rescue mission alongside Ukrainian forces.
US special forces and SAS commandoes are said to be preparing for a high-risk rescue of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
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Troops from the UK, US and Ukraine have reportedly come together at a remote base in Lithuania.
Russian Spetsnaz special forces are now said to be targeting Zelensky. He has survived three assassination attempts in a week after plots were foiled by double agents.
The Ukrainian president has also already turned down rescue offers, saying ‘I need ammunition, not a ride’, in response to American forces.
It comes as Zelensky confirmed he spoke to the US President, Joe Biden, discussing security, financial support and continuation of sanctions against Russia.
“As part of the constant dialogue, I had another conversation with the President,” Zelensky wrote on Twitter.
Meanwhile, UK PM Boris Johnson is set to detail a six-point plan on Sunday, which he hopes global counterparts will accept, as Russian leader Vladimir Putin moved the goalposts over the West’s engagement in the conflict in Ukraine.
Mr Johnson said that ‘it is not future historians but the people of Ukraine who will be our judge’ on how the world reacts to Mr Putin’s ‘hideous, barbarous assault’.
Ahead of a swathe of meetings in coming days, Mr Johnson said: “Putin must fail and must be seen to fail in this act of aggression.
“It is not enough to express our support for the rules-based international order – we must defend it against a sustained attempt to rewrite the rules by military force.”
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace warned the Kremlin not to underestimate the West.
In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Mr Wallace said allies ‘must not be afraid of Putin’.
He warned the Russian leader – who he said was ‘acting irrationally and inflicting horrors on Ukraine – not to ‘test’ the UK.
“The thing to say to Putin is don’t underestimate us, don’t test us,” he told the newspaper.
“History is littered with authoritarian leaders underestimating the wider West and the United Kingdom. He clearly underestimated the international community.”
He added: “If we stick together and refuse to be intimidated then I believe he will fail.”
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