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Britain is now wanting into sending fight plane to Ukraine after Volodymyr Zelenskyy referred to as for western fighter jets in an impassioned plea for “wings for freedom” within the UK parliament yesterday.

As Ukraine’s president started a European journey that can even soak up Paris and Brussels, Downing Road mentioned UK defence secretary Ben Wallace had been requested to look at “what jets we would be capable to give” Ukraine, nevertheless it warned that this was a “medium- to long-term” answer.

A global debate is raging over how a lot additional the west ought to go in arming Ukraine, and Zelenskyy thanked the UK for its function in cajoling different allies to offer extra assist.

Throughout a hero’s welcome within the Eleventh-century Westminster Corridor, he mentioned: “I enchantment to you and the world: fight plane for Ukraine. Wings for freedom.”

His pleas prompted UK prime minister Rishi Sunak to make his most constructive remarks about probably supplying jets to Ukraine.

“We’ve been very clear, and we’ve been clear for a very long time, that relating to co-operation and navy help to Ukraine, nothing is off the desk,” he mentioned.

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The day forward

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