Boris Johnson has been accused of being a ‘threat to national security’ following reports he attended a Conservative Party fundraising event the night Vladimir Putin launched his invasion of Ukraine.

According to The Sunday Times, the Prime Minister was at a Conservative Party fundraising dinner attended by at least one donor with Russian ties the night Vladimir Putin launched his war in Ukraine.

The newspaper reports that the Prime Minister gave a short speech at the event in central London as it became clear the Russian invasion was imminent, telling the 75 guests he had to leave early to deal with crisis.

The Russian donor at the fundraising event was Lubov Chernukhin, wife of a former Russian deputy finance minister, who has given nearly £2million to the Conservative Party since 2012.

The event began at around 8 p.m. on February 23, according to the newspaper, and was held in an aristocratic 18th-century mansion, Spencer House, a Grade I listed building just a mile from Downing Street.

Two of the most senior colleagues in the Prime Minister’s Office, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace and Leveling Secretary Michael Gove, were also present, reports the Sunday Times.

It came despite warnings – including from Mr Johnson personally – that invasion seemed imminent, and just hours before Volodymyr Zelenskyy delivered a speech in a last ditch attempt to avert war.

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Putin ‘is afraid of Ukraine’

Responding to the Sunday Times report, Labor Party leader Anneliese Dodds said: “Boris Johnson is a threat to national security.

“On the eve of the war, the Prime Minister should have focused entirely on national security – not trying to get money from the wife of Putin’s former finance minister.

“Boris Johnson’s party has accepted over £6.5m from donors linked to Putin’s murderous regime. They should be cleaning up our politics, not courting these people for more money.”

But a Downing Street spokesman told Sky News: “The Prime Minister briefly attended this event which was a long-standing engagement.

“Fundraising is a legitimate part of our democratic process and it is not unusual for the Prime Minister, or any other political leader, to attend such an event.”

According to conservative sources, the Prime Minister attended the event for about 20 minutes and was unaware that Russia was going to invade Ukraine at the time of the event. He was informed of this around 4 a.m. on February 24.

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Why Russia did not advance on kyiv

The attack on Labor came after the Prime Minister accused Labor of ‘hoisting the white flag’ on the war in Ukraine, in his speech to the Conservatives’ Spring Conference in Blackpool.

“When the Labor Party and the current leader were trying with all their might to install a leader who wanted – I’m sorry, I’m serious – to abolish NATO, we were already training Ukrainian troops for combat,” he said. declared.

“And it’s an absolutely incredible fact – and it’s true – at a time when Russia is led by a president capable of intimidation and threats who is simply capable of making dangerous and irrational decisions, we have a Labor Party whose shadow cabinet is stuffed with people who recently voted to abolish the UK’s independent nuclear deterrent. That’s right. Eight of them.

“Do we want them to be in charge, my friends, right now? Do we want them to wave the white flag? Do you see them resisting Putin’s blackmail?