Downing Street has backed Defence Secretary Ben Wallace over claims Vladimir Putin and his inner circle are “mirroring” the fascism of the German Nazis with their actions in Ukraine.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesperson said Wallace’s remarks, made in a major speech on Monday, were “valid” after being asked by journalists if it was acceptable to use Nazi references in comment about Russia’s brutal invasion.
A Downing Street spokesperson said they believed the Defence Secretary’s remarks to be “valid given the on which he is making the speech at the Natural History Museum and because of the rhetoric that is being used by Putin.”
The spokesperson also pointed out that Ukraine’s President Zelensky had “made a point we need to push back against this false denazification rhetoric.”
Soldiers and tanks not fighting in Ukraine will join a parade through Moscow and other Russian cities on Monday for the annual Victory Day parades.
Leaked extracts of the Defence Secretary’s speech, confirmed he would say through the 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.”
According to reports in the Telegraph and Times newspapers Wallace will add: “Their fate must also, surely, eventually be the same.”
Putin has repeatedly attempted to justify his war against Ukraine as one of “denazification.”
On Sunday he referred to Ukrainians as “Nazi filth”.
He said: “Today, our soldiers, as their ancestors, are fighting side by side to liberate their native land from the Nazi filth with the confidence that, as in 1945, victory will be ours.”
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