Russian military leaders are as responsible for the invasion of Ukraine as President Vladimir Putin – and both should suffer the consequences, the UK Defense Secretary has said.
In a major speech today, Ben Wallace is expected to mince words and tell the world bluntly that Mr. Putin and those around him should share the same fate as the Nazis, who ended up being defeated and facing the Nuremberg trials for their atrocities.
It comes as President Putin prepares to hold a military parade to celebrate Victory Day in Russia, marking the defeat of Hitler’s fascists in 1945.
According to extracts given to Sky News, Mr Wallace will say: “Thanks to their invasion of UkrainePutin, his entourage and his generals now reflect the fascism and tyranny of 70 years ago, repeating the mistakes of the totalitarian regimes of the last century.”
He will add: “Their fate must also, surely, end up being the same.”
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“They should be court-martialed”
Addressing his audience at the National Army Museum in London, Mr Wallace is expected to say: “Their unprovoked and unlawful invasion of Ukraine, attacks on innocent citizens and their homes, and widespread atrocities – including deliberately against women and children – corrupt the memory of Russia’s past sacrifices and once-proud global reputation.”
He will also criticize the behavior of Russian commanders for war crimes and their incompetence in a campaign that has failed to deliver the gains Mr Putin expected by saying the generals in their ‘neat parade uniforms’ are ‘completely complicit’ of Putin’s misappropriation of their ancestors”. “the proud history” of resistance to fascism.
“All professional soldiers should be appalled by the behavior of the Russian military,” Wallace added.
“Not only are they engaged in unlawful invasion and war crimes, but their top brass have failed in their own base to the point that they should be court-martialled.”
The Defense Secretary’s words come after another day of relentless attacks in Ukraine.
At least 60 people are believed to have been killed under the rubble after a Russian bomb hit a school in eastern Ukraine.
Nearly 100 others were cowering in the building when the attack unleashed, sparking a fire that engulfed it.
Meanwhile, in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukrainian fighters from the Azovstal steelworks have vowed to continue their stand as long as they are alive.
“We will continue to fight as long as we are alive to repel the Russian occupiers,” Captain Sviatoslav Palamar, deputy commander of the Ukrainian Azov regiment, told an online conference.
Some insiders, however, had criticized the Ukrainian government, saying it had failed to better defend Mariupol at the start of the invasion.
But when asked about it by Sky’s security and defense editor Deborah Haynes, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed that it was “impossible” for his troops to use military force to unlock the EU. stalemate with no more heavy weapons.
“Ukraine does not have such heavy weapons to unblock Mariupol by military means,” he said.
Hundreds of people had initially been trapped inside the plant for up to two months, but around 200 managed to escape. The city is now under majority Russian control.
On the diplomatic scene, the leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) pledged on Sunday to eliminate or ban the import of Russian oil.
Cutting off Russian oil supplies will “hit the main artery of Putin’s economy hard and deny him the revenue he needs to fund his war”, the G7 countries, which include the United States, Great Britain Britain, Canada, Germany, France, Italy and Japan, said in a statement.
“We will ensure that we do this in a timely and orderly manner, and in a way that gives the world time to secure alternative supplies,” they added.
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The United States also announced a series of new sanctions against Russia, including the removal of Western advertising from Russia’s three largest television channels, a ban on American accounting and consulting firms from providing services to any Russian and more restrictions on Russia’s industrial sector.
These included cutting off Moscow from wood products, industrial engines, boilers and bulldozers.
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