‘Putin is mirroring actions of Nazis in WW2’, says UK Defence Secretary

Russian President Vladimir Putin is "mirroring" the Nazis, according to the UK's Defence Secretary.

Ben Wallace is set to make a major speech at the National Army Museum in London, slamming the tyrant and his cronies amid the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

In extracts seen by The Times and The Telegraph, Wallace addresses Putin and "his inner circle" and warns that they will suffer the same fate as the Nazis after World War Two.

The speech will be given today (May 9) as Putin presides over the Victory Day military parade in Moscow, an annual event marking the Nazis' defeat in 1945.

Wallace will say: "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. Their fate must also, surely, eventually be the same.

"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."

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The Defence Secretary will also blame Russian generals, in their "manicured parade uniforms", for being "complicit in Putin’s hijacking of their forebears’ proud history".

He'll add that all professional soldiers will be "appalled at the behaviour of the Russian army" and call for their "top brass" to be "court-marshalled".

He'll also warn that the Russian rank-and-file will not be given a voice, and that their mothers and sisters will be "shamed into silence".

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