Ukraine LIVE: Hammer blow to Putin as CIA spies and British Commandos travel to help Kyiv

George Eustice indicated that the Navy would not be used to bypass a Russian blockade to help get grain out of Ukraine.

“We’re looking at what we can do to help to repair railways, to look at a land bridge so that we can get that wheat out across the land border. It is now very, very perilous to try to get ships into the Black Sea,” the Environment Secretary said.

He added that is will be “very difficult” to get shipping into the Black Sea

Mr Eustice also played down reports that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky could be invited to visit the UK.

He said that it was “very early” to be considering the possibility of an in-person address to Parliament by the Ukrainian leader.