Our support for Ukraine is as firm and unstinting today as it was a year ago. The resolve and the bravery of the Ukrainian people, supported by their allies across the world, has doomed Putin’s barbaric invasion to failure. We should all take inspiration from their courage and double down our support for them.
With the onset of winter, there has been a deliberate shift in tactics by Putin to attack Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure – in particular energy and electricity – including through the use of drones supplied by Iran. The government must do all it can to support Ukraine to improve its resilience in the face of these attacks, through the provision of generators and technical support to maintain electricity supplies.
Labour strongly supports plans to repurpose frozen Russian assets to help rebuild critical Ukrainian infrastructure and provide much needed humanitarian aid to the country.
The EU has already set out a similar plan, and Canada has passed laws to do it too.
Labour has been clear that the government hasn’t acted swiftly enough in this area. The government first confirmed it was looking at plans to repurpose frozen Russian assets back in July 2022, yet still have put no plans on the table. This is time Ukrainians simply cannot afford. The government urgently needs to catch up.