EASTBOURNE MP Caroline Ansell has praised PM Boris Johnson for his part in dealing with the war in Ukraine.

She said: “The war in Ukraine looks to have entered a new phase as Putin concentrates his forces in the east after pulling away from the capital Kyiv.

The UK continues to offer real leadership as the west supports Ukraine and President Zelensky and I think the Prime Minister deserves credit for his work. The latest support comes in the form of heavy weapons to be sent to the country and the setbacks Russia is experiencing are due to a mixture of the tremendous Ukrainian fighting spirit and the weapons the West is supplying.

News that Sweden and Finland are considering joining NATO in response to Putin’s aggression shows just how badly his actions have backfired. I hope for peace and an end to the bloodshed, but I fear this conflict will continue for some time yet.”