A senior Conservative MP has called on the UK and its allies to step up their military support for Ukraine, warning that the government was being “too easily spooked” by Vladimir Putin’s threats.
Tobias Ellwood, who chairs the House of Commons Defence Committee, on Friday said the UK was doing enough to ensure Ukraine doesn’t lose to Russia, but enough to help it win the war.
Ellwood said the UK and other western governments should send Ukraine heavier armoury to help them defeat Russian invaders, and that Nato should consider the “bold” move of sending boats to patrol the waters surrounding the Ukrainian port city of Odesa, which is a key target for Putin.
“Let’s get on with this. Let’s be more robust in standing up to Russia in Ukraine,” he told Sky News.
Boris Johnson and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz are expected to commit to providing Ukraine with more anti-tank weapons when the pair meet in London today, according to The Times.