Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia’s leadership “reflect” Nazi Germany’s fascism, British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said in a speech at the National Army Museum in London on Monday.
In remarks shared with British media, Wallace will say Russia’s leaders should share the same fate as the Nazis, who ended up facing the Nuremberg trials for their atrocities.
“Thanks to their invasion of Ukraine, Putin, 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,” reads the speech. Wallace. And for that, “their fate must also, surely, end up being the same”.
In his speech, Wallace will also criticize senior Russian officers for being so incompetent that they should be brought to justice.
“Let us denounce the absurdity of the Russian generals – resplendent in their neat parade uniforms and weighed down by their numerous medals – for having been totally complicit in Putin’s hijacking of the proud history of defending their ancestors against a ruthless invasion; of repelling fascism to sacrifice themselves for a higher purpose,” Wallace should say. “Not only are they engaged in unlawful invasion and war crimes, but their senior ranks have failed to the extent that they should be court-martialled.”
The defense secretary’s speech comes as Russia marks VE Day, an annual commemoration of the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945, on Monday. Putin is expected to deliver a closely watched speech, which will likely focus on the war underway in Ukraine.
On Sunday, the UK announced it would offer additional military aid and support to Ukraine worth £1.3billion as it steps up its commitment to defending the country against Russia .