City MP under fire over UK's action in Ukraine

ARMED forces minister Penny Mordaunt has come under fire over concerns Britain is not doing enough to help end the war in Ukraine.

Saturday, 23rd January 2016, 6:01 am

During a question-and-answer session at the Commons, the Portsmouth North MP announced the UK would be donating 3,500 first-aid kits to the country’s beleaguered armed forces at a cost of £478,800.

But Barry Sheerman, Labour MP for Huddersfield argued if the UK was ‘serious about supporting Ukraine’ it should ‘surely be doing much more visible work’.

‘For instance, we could tighten the sanctions on Russia,’ he told MPs.

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‘That is what it (Russia) does not like and what has proven to be successful. We should tighten the sanctions week by week, month by month.’

Ms Mordaunt said the UK had already argued for sanctions against Russia. he added: ‘We are doing much more than supplying first-aid kits. We are doing a huge amount of capacity building in those armed forces.

‘We have given them a huge amount of equipment, particularly to protect them from the cold weather in which they are operating. They are very grateful for that.’

‘We stand ready to assist them further and I will be visiting the country shortly.’