Brexit Britain has 'taken the lead' on Ukrainian aid because it's free from the EU says Nigel Farage
The GB News Presenter reacted to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's praise for Boris Johnson sending aid to the war-torn country
GB News' Nigel Farage reacted to EU countries spending less on aid for Ukraine than the UK, saying "since the invasion, EU countries spent $35billion to Russia for oil, gas and coal and have given a grand total of $1billion in the form of aid."
Farage said "In many ways Brexit Britain now freed from the European Union has taken the lead.
"This is perhaps why President Zelenskyy is constantly praising Boris Johnson's efforts."
Boris Johnson has said the actions of Russian forces in Ukraine appeared close to “genocide” as Britain and unveiled sweeping new sanctions against the regime in Moscow.
The GB News' Presenter celebrated the impact of Brexit on the UK's ability to send foreign aid, exclaiming "thank goodness we've left. Common foreign policies and emerging foreign energy policies, I'm certain we can do it much better."
Farage asked: "Is anything going to change or is Germany going to continue to fund Vladimir Putin's war machine because that is exactly what's going on right now."
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said the UK was freezing the assets of Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank, and Credit Bank of Moscow, banning all new investment in Russia and targeting eight more oligarchs.
Ahead of the announcement of the Government energy security strategy on Thursday, she said Britain would end all imports of Russian coal as well as oil by the end of the year.
The announcement coincided with a parallel move against Sberbank by the US which is also sanctioning Vladimir Putin’s two adult daughters, Mariya Putina and Katerina Tikhonova, and other members of the Russian elite.
Earlier the European Commission set out proposals for a fifth round of sanctions, including a ban on coal imports, for approval by EU ambassadors.
The moves follows an international wave of revulsion over reported atrocities committed by Russian forces in Bucha and other towns around Kyiv which have been recaptured by the Ukrainians as the Russians pull back.
This comes as Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban said would have no difficulty with paying for gas shipments from Russia in roubles and if Russia asks it to Budapest will do so, at a news conference on Wednesday, in reply to a Reuters question.
The rouble is trading higher than other international currencies it was trading at before the invasion of Ukraine.