‘West was preparing to invade our land’, says Vladimir Putin

Back here in Britain, the defense minister has called out “the absurdity” of Russia’s bemedalled military top brass at the annual Victory Day parade in Moscow, highlighted by President Vladimir Putin’s speech.

Putin addressed a vast parade on Red Square in Moscow for a public holiday celebrating Soviet victory in World War II, as the Russian armed forces have suffered major losses in Ukraine.

Ben Wallace, himself a former soldier, is due to give a speech at the National Army Museum later today.

“All professional soldiers should be appalled at the behavior of the Russian Army,” he will say, according to excerpts released in advance by his department.

“Not only they are 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.”

Mr Wallace said he wanted to “call out the absurdity of Russian generals – resplendent in their manicured parade uniforms and weighed down by their many medals”, saying they were “utterly complicit in Putin’s proud hijacking of their forebears’ history of… repelling fascism”.

“Through the invasion of Ukraine, and his inner circle of Putin generals are now mirroring fascism and tyranny of 77 years ago, repeating the errors of the last century’s totalitarian regime.”


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