The Isle of Wight's MP is leading a debate about Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Opening the discussion in Parliament this lunchtime (Thursday), Bob Seely called it "arguably the first conventional war in Europe since 1945..." and said "we need to urgently get out heads round what is happening."

Mr Seely said he is "deeply fond" of the region, drawing on his time spent living there and he spoke of his pain about what was happening.

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Mr Seely called Russia's overnight move to cross the borders, "shocking".

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What did Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely say about Ukraine?

In his opening speech, Mr Seely called for the UK and its allies to pursue "working relationships" with Russia and China, over the next 20 years.

He said: "There are two courses for humanity in the 21st century. The first is the Western model of a law-governed society with politicians under control of people. It is incredibly imperfect as we all know, but it is the best hope for mankind.

"The second is the new militarism of high-tech authoritarianism, championed by Russia and a little bit by China which promises data and artificial control, or data-inspired artificial intelligence control of populations.

"We need foresight and strategy and resolve to fight to defend our values and the future of humanity. We should not underestimate the scale of the task but nor should we shy away from it. The defence of human freedom, wherever it is in the world, in Taiwan, in Ukraine, in the Baltic, in the Black Sea is the struggle for our age."

Earlier, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Russian President Vladimir Putin had "chosen a path of bloodshed and destruction."

A Cobra committee meeting took place at 7.30am this morning.