The UK’s ambassador to Ukraine, Melinda Simmons, has criticised Britain’s sanctions against oligarchs – saying they’ve “proven just too slow to make a real difference”.
“What this invasion has done is impress on more of the right people that it needs to move more quickly,” she tells the BBC’s Newshour programme. “And that is what is now happening.”
She also spoke about the UK’s visa scheme for Ukrainians which has been criticised for not going far enough both in the number of people eligible and the number of applications processed.
“At the moment, it’s struggling with capacity. I don’t think we should confuse capacity with intent,” she says.
Asked about the higher barriers the Home Office seem to have erected compared to other countries, Simmons says: “Those are the security-based considerations that the Home Office deem to be important.”
Staff at the UK embassy in Ukraine left on Monday and have relocated to Poland.