Ben Wallace said that the invasion of Ukraine shames Russia’s military past.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his generals are reproducing fascism and tyranny of 77 years ago, and their invasion of Ukraine shames the country’s military past, British Defense Minister Ben Wallace said on Monday.
In his speech, Wallace noted that Russian generals are just as complicit as their president and should be brought before a military court.
“By invading Ukraine, Putin and his closest general’s entourage are reproducing fascism and tyranny of 77 years ago, repeating the mistakes of the totalitarian regime of the last century,” he said.
Wallace’s speech coincided with Putin’s address to the participants of the parade on Red Square on the occasion of the next anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany. In his address, the Russian leader recalled Soviet heroism, calling on the Russian army to win in Ukraine.
The UK has been one of the most ardent supporters of Ukraine’s efforts to resist what Putin calls a “special operation” to disarm a neighboring country and allegedly protect it from fascists. Ukraine and the West consider this “special operation” a false pretext for an unprovoked aggressive war on the part of Russia.
“President Putin has been making a number of fabulous statements for months and years,” Wallace said. “No one is planning an invasion, NATO is not surrounding Russia.”
Speaking about Russian generals, Wallace said: “There can be no Victory Day for them and for Putin, only dishonor and, of course, defeat in Ukraine.”