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Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine will impact us all says Welsh Government minister

24 Feb 2022 2 minute read
A map of this morning’s Russian invasion of Ukraine by Viewsridge (CC BY-SA 4.0).

A Welsh Government minister has warned that Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine will impact people in Wales as well.

Describing Vladimir Putin’s attack as “the most serious war since the Second World War,” Heath Minister Eluned Morgan said that it would impact on everyone’s lives.

Missile strikes and explosions have been reported in several parts of Ukraine, including Kyiv and Kharkiv. Many people in Kyiv have rushed to underground metro stations to take shelter.

Wales’ Counsel General Mick Antoniw, who visited Ukraine along with Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price last week, posted a video of an explosion in the country. His family is from the country.

“Grim, grim news as Putin escalates invasion of Ukraine,” he said.

“All our thoughts and support should now be with the Ukrainian people who are taking up arms to defend their country. My personal thoughts with my family in Ukraine.

“Ukrainian forces recaptured town of schastia. Fighting in many places all over Ukraine. My cousin rang me say he will stay there to the end!”

Eluned Morgan added: “My prayers are with the people of Ukraine this morning.

“Putin’s attack is probably the most serious war since the Second World War which will impact not just on the lives of millions of people in Ukraine but on us all with significant increases in fuel and gas prices.”

Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies said that Russia had violated Ukraine’s sovereignty.

“Putin’s actions overnight are reflective of a man removed from reality,” he said.

“Ukraine has a right to be a free independent country. If that simple fact cannot be protected by the rest of the world then the future for us all is very bleak.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that Moscow’s response will be “instant” if anyone tries to take on Russia, and has urged Ukrainian soldiers in eastern Ukraine to lay down weapons and return to their homes.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky warned that an invasion “could be the beginning of a big war on the European continent”.

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2 years ago

Why did a comment from ReTweet Davies find its way into an otherwise good article?

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
2 years ago

Putin has been in power too long and has kept himself there through fear and manipulation of the elections. It wasn’t always like this, when I was in 2003 and 4 there was little or no anti western rhetoric and Putin was not such a dictator. The international response must be harsh and quick we’ve seen from past aggressors that if you give an inch they will take a mile. Sadly, Putin’s actions will affect the Russian people who are not to blame for this blatant act of aggression.

2 years ago
Reply to  Steve Duggan

Well, they didn’t kick up a fuss when he started playing fast and loose with the Russian constitution to stay in power beyond his term of office, or when he started murdering his political opponents. “All it takes for evil to prosper …”

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
2 years ago
Reply to  Cynan

The West has allowed Putin too much sh*t for years, it’s emboldened him and now we see the consequences. The international community must act now or face a really major war in the future.

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