Ben Wallace, Defence Secretary, will make a major speech urging Putin and his circle to share the same fate that the Nazis who were subjected to the Nuremberg trials.
Vladimir Putin’s regime is “mirroring” the actions of the Nazis, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace will say as the Russian leader stages a military parade to celebrate victory over Hitler’s fascists.
In a major speech, Mr Wallace will say that Putin and his circle should be treated the same as the Nazis. They were defeated and faced the Nuremberg trials.
Putin will attend the Victory Day parade, which celebrates the defeat by the Nazis in 1945, from Moscow.
According to excerpts provided to the Telegraph and Times however, Mr Wallace will state: “Through their invasion of Ukraine, Putin, his inner circle and generals are now mirroring the fascism and tyranny of 70 years ago, repeating the errors of last century’s totalitarian regimes.”
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He will also add: “Their fate must also, surely, eventually be the same.”
Russia ’s sacrifices in the past should not be forgotten, “but nor must the lessons about what lies in store for the perpetrators of such unprovoked brutality”.
In a message addressed to Putin, he will state: “In going to such extremes to justify this war of choice he and his generals are now ripping up both Russia’s past and its future.
“Their unprovoked and illegal invasion of Ukraine, attacks against innocent citizens and their homes, and the widespread atrocities – including deliberately against women and children – corrupts the memory of past sacrifices and Russia’s once-proud global reputation.”
The Defence Secretary’s speech, at the National Army Museum in London, will also directly criticise the behaviour of Russian commanders for war crimes and their incompetence in a campaign which has failed to secure the gains expected by Mr Putin.
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“All professional soldiers should be appalled at the behaviour of the Russian army,”Mr Wallace will tell you.
“Not only are they engaged in an illegal invasion and war crimes, but their top brass have failed their own rank and file to the extent they should be court-martialled.”
He will state that rank-and-file soldiers of the Russian army are his friends “will not get a voice and their mothers and sisters will be shamed into silence”.
Mr Wallace’s speech comes after Foreign Secretary Liz Truss accused Russia of war crimes over the bombing of a school in eastern Ukraine where civilians were sheltering.
The bombing of the school Bilohorivka in eastern Ukraine’s Luhansk region left 60 people dead and set it ablaze on Saturday.
The Foreign Secretary claimed that she was “horrified” and added that Mr Putin’s regime would be held to account.
The school was thought to have housed around 90 people, but only 30 of them were found safe.
Ms Truss tweeted “Horrified by Russia’s latest attack on a school in Luhansk, resulting in the deaths of innocent people sheltering from Russian bombardment.”
She stated that the deliberate targeting of infrastructure and civilians was a deliberate act “amounts to war crimes” “we will ensure Putin’s regime is held accountable”.
On Sunday, G7 leaders including Boris Johnson and Joe Biden held talks with Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky.
Johnson shared his thoughts with his colleagues “the world must go further and faster to support Ukraine” against the Kremlin’s invading forces.
A Downing Street spokesperson stated: “The Prime Minister said there was a savage irony that the leaders had gathered to discuss Putin’s barbaric invasion on a day when they should be remembering the sacrifice of Russian soldiers defeating fascism in the Second World War.
“He agreed with G7 leaders that the world must intensify economic pressure on Putin in any way possible, and said the West must not allow the war to turn into a stalemate that only magnified suffering.
“Ukraine needed to receive military equipment that allowed them to not just hold ground in Ukraine, but recapture it, the Prime Minister told the leaders.”
The G7 agreed more needed to be done to support Ukraine’s agricultural exports, with the war impacting food supplies around the world.
Johnson also encouraged G7 countries to increase diplomatic lobbying to countries that were not putting pressure on Moscow. “especially as it was clear grossly unjustifiable human rights abuses and war crimes were being committed”The spokesperson added that she was sure.
Two major Russian tank factories were shut down by the US, according to officials.
The UK has pledged an extra £1.3 billion in military support to Ukraine, in a dramatic escalation of assistance for Mr Zelensky’s forces as they fight the Russian invasion.
It represents the highest UK military spending per conflict since the heights the campaigns in Iraq/Afghanistan.