Vladimir Putin is “mirroring” the fascism of Nazi Germany, Ben Wallace will say on Monday – because the Russian president holds a large army parade to galvanise his conflict effort.
In a significant speech, the Defence Secretary will accuse Putin of “hijacking history” and insulting the reminiscence of fallen Soviet forces in the annual Victory Day parade that marks the defeat of Adolf Hitler’s military.
“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,” Mr Wallace will say.
Speaking on the National Army Museum, the Defence Secretary may even accuse senior officers within the military of such incompetence they need to be court-martialled.
“Let’s name out the absurdity of Russian generals – resplendent of their manicured parade uniforms and weighed down by their many medals – for being totally complicit in Putin’s hijacking of their forebears’ proud historical past of defending towards a ruthless invasion; of repelling fascism; of sacrificing themselves for the next objective,” Mr Wallace will say.
He may even add that the response to the army failures on the bottom in Ukraine has been a “disgraceful display of self-preservation, doubling-down on failure, anger, dishonesty and scapegoating”.
Mr Wallace will add: “All skilled troopers needs to be appalled on the behaviour of the Russian military.
“Not only are they 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.”
The speech will probably be given as Moscow throws a lavish army parade in a present of power towards Ukraine and Nato, together with a show of Putin’s so-called “doomsday” jet.
The plane is designed to guard the Russian president and permit him to rule from the skies within the occasion of a nuclear assault. It can be able to issuing its personal nuclear strike order.