Mr Putin’s saber-rattling coincided with the start of the next phase of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with troops beginning their assault on the eastern Donbas region.
Boris Johnson said it was very hard to see how the Ukrainians could negotiate with the Russian president at this point in the conflict.
“How can you negotiate with a crocodile when it’s got your leg in its jaws?” he said. Read more in our live blog.
In other news:
Prime Minister seeks to delay vote on partygate
Boris Johnson urged MPs to focus on issues that “matter” to voters rather than the partygate scandal as he pushed to delay a key vote until after the local elections. Speaking to reporters on his flight to India, the Prime Minister vowed to fight the next general election as MPs decide today whether to order an investigation to determine if he misled Parliament. Amid signs of a Tory rebellion, Downing Street will attempt to delay a decision on whether Parliament’s committee of privileges should look into the issue for potentially weeks or months. Tory MPs will be whipped into backing an amendment saying a decision should be taken only after the Metropolitan Police’s investigation ends and a Civil Service report is published. political editor Ben Riley-Smith was on the flight.
Truth about Harry’s fixation with ‘Queen’s protection’
The Queen is today celebrating her 96th birthday at Sandringham and the Palace has released a new photograph to mark the occasion. Her Majesty was photographed between two of her her fell ponies on the Windsor estate. After the Duke of Sussex yesterday used an interview to claim he had popped in on his grandmother de ella in order to “make sure she’s protected and got the right people around her”, Camilla Tomney you have been exploring what he really meant. She writes that his surprising anxieties about him reveal much about Prince Harry’s true motivations about him.
PS: The Queen has been immortalized in the form of a Barbie, as its makers say the doll will remind girls “they can be anything”. See the doll.
Daily dose of Matt
In his latest cartoon, Matt finds finds humor in the prospect of self-driving cars. – and view blowers‘s latest political cartoon.
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self-identity | Trans women should not be automatically counted as female, the financial watchdog has ruled after business backlash. The Financial Conduct Authority dropped proposals to force companies to include men who self-identify as women in female diversity targets for boards and senior management positions, after hundreds of complaints.
Around the world: Are Macron’s policies enough?
Emmanuel Macron last night accused Marine Le Pen of “depending on Putin” as the pair went head to head in a television debate that could sway the outcome of Sunday’s French presidential election. Ms Le Pen made a strong start discussing the cost of living crisis, but she was soon on the defensive when Mr Macron suggested her figures from her did not add up. French correspondent henry samuel examines whether or not Mr Macron’s policies are enough to overcome his hard-Right rival.