Britain could send armored Land Rovers to aid Mariupol’s humanitarian relief efforts

Britain could send armored Land Rovers on a mercy mission to the besieged city of Mariupol, Boris Johnson has said.

The prime minister said the UK is aiming to “shift up a gear” in its support for Ukraine, including possibly sending armored vehicles to provide humanitarian aid to surrounded cities.

The city in southern Ukraine has been the target of heavy Russian bombing. Last week, Emmanuel Macron, the French president, said he would speak with Vladimir Putin to organize an “exceptional humanitarian operation” with Turkey and Greece to evacuate the country.

It would have been the first time foreign troops had entered Ukraine since the conflict began, but Macron was told on Tuesday by Putin that the shelling of Mariupol would not stop until the Ukrainian troops defending it surrendered.

A Kremlin statement said: “It was stressed that in order to resolve the dire humanitarian situation in this city, Ukrainian nationalist militants must stop resisting and lay down their weapons.”

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