I have written to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office to ask if the Foreign Secretary will assess the potential use of human rights legislation by Russian oligarchs to avoid sanctions. The UK Government must continue to ensure that all oligarchs close to Putin are sanctioned without fear or favour.
I welcome the UK Government’s Homes for Ukraine Scheme, which will allow individuals, charities, community groups and businesses in the UK to bring Ukrainians to safety – including those with no family ties to the UK.
I asked the Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss, if Britain will show the world that we are willing and ready to retaliate to cyber-attacks on our country.
Following my question to the Home Office last week, I was pleased to meet with Home Secretary Priti Patel to discuss plans to bolster our national cyber-defence.
This week, I signed the Book of Solidarity for Ukraine on behalf of Bridgend and Porthcawl.
This book will be sent to Ruslan Stefanchuk, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament of Ukraine).
Kremlin-backed hackers have long been using Ukraine as a Petri dish for cyberwar experiments. Now, as tensions on the borders are escalating, we must prepare not just for a military incursion, but for a whole new form of hybrid warfare.
Today, I attended the latest briefing held by the Foreign Secretary on the situation between Russia and Ukraine. This provided great insight into the ongoing diplomatic efforts in the region.