Harry and Meghan say they ‘stand with Ukraine’ in defiant Russia statement

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have called on the "global community and its leaders" to stand with the people of Ukraine. following the attacks by Russia.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said that they stand with the Ukrainian people as they slam Russia's actions as a breach of "international and humanitarian law".

The message from the couple on Archewell said: "Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and all of us at Archewell stand with the people of Ukraine against this breach of international and humanitarian law and encourage the global community and its leaders to do the same."

Harry and Meghan, who are currently in the US, decided to speak out after Russia's attacks have caused hundreds to flee their homes in fear.

Ukrainian forces battled Russian troops on three sides of the country on Thursday after Moscow unleashed the biggest attack on a European state since World War Two.

Russia launched the attack in the early hours of Thursday morning following weeks of intelligence suggesting an invasion could take place.

The Sussexes statement follows world leaders condemning the attacks including the Present of the United States, Joe Biden.

He said: "This is a premeditated attack

"Putin is the aggressor. Putin chose this war. And now he and his country will bear the consequences."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also hit out at Russia and promised the “largest and most severe” package of sanctions it has ever faced to punish “blood-stained aggressor” Vladimir Putin for invading Ukraine.

The Prime Minister extended punitive measures on Thursday to hit five further oligarchs, including the Russian President’s former son-in-law, and to target more than 100 businesses and individuals.

Meanwhile, Russian troops managed to seize the Chernobyl nuclear power plant after battling with the Ukrainian military.

An adviser to the Ukrainian presidential office Mykhailo Podolyak said: "It is impossible to say the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is safe after a totally pointless attack by the Russians.

"This is one of the most serious threats in Europe today."

A Russian security source said Russian military massed in the Chernobyl "exclusion zone" before crossing into Ukraine early on Thursday,

Russia wants to control the Chernobyl nuclear reactor to signal NATO not to interfere militarily, the same source said.

Ukrainian Health Minister Lyashko says that 57 were killed and 169 injured by Russian forces today.

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