UK demands ‘cancer’ Putin leaves ALL areas of Ukraine

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said Russian forces would have to evacuate “all of Ukraine”, including Crimea – which was annexed by Moscow in 2014

It is now eight years since Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea from Ukraine
It is now eight years since Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea from Ukraine

Britain last night called for ‘cancer’ Vladimir Putin’s troops to be driven out of all Ukrainian territory – including Crimea, which they invaded eight years ago.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss made the clearest statement yet on the UK’s intentions – as she warned the war could last a decade.

It comes after Ukraine ministers agreed to hit Russian targets on Russian soil.

Ms Truss said in a speech at Mansion House in the City of London: “We are doubling down. We will move further and faster to oust Russia from all of Ukraine.”

Backing today’s statement, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said: “The international community believes that Russia should leave Ukraine.

“The international community has condemned Russia for its 2014 illegal invasion of Crimea.

“We kept saying that Russia should leave the territory of Ukraine, so that hasn’t changed.”

Liz Truss said in a speech at the Mansion House: “We will go further and faster to oust Russia from all of Ukraine.”


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Mr Wallace said Vladimir Putin failed to secure a quick victory in Ukraine so he may become a “limpet” on a rock looking to “steady and dig in” like he did in 2014.

The President could be “just some kind of cancer in the country of Ukraine and make it very difficult for people to remove them from these fortified positions,” Wallace told Sky News.

He added: “I think it’s really about, if we don’t want this to happen, we need to help the Ukrainians get the limpet off the rock effectively and keep the momentum pushing them back.”

It comes after tensions between Britain and Russia escalated over Britain’s support for Ukraine with UK-supplied arms.

Defense Secretary James Heappey said it was “completely legitimate” for Kiev’s forces to attack Russian targets on Vladimir Putin’s side of the border.

People pose for a photo in front of the wreckage of Russian military machines in the village of Rusaniv in the Kyiv region



Mr Wallace supported this, saying today: “If Ukraine chose to target the logistics infrastructure for the Russian army, it would be legitimate under international law.

“They don’t currently have British guns that could do that, so it’s unlikely it’s our guns. We don’t really have many long-range weapons that are delivered the way their army does.”

Mr Wallace clarified that the long-range Brimstone missiles the UK is sending to Ukraine will be “deployed above the ground”, but added that the UK was also looking at an anti-ship missile solution.

The defense secretary told Sky News: “We have said we will procure and supply anti-ship missiles if we can.

Smoke billows over an Azovstal Iron and Steel Works plant in the southern port city of Mariupol Monday amid the Ukraine-Russia conflict



“It’s incredibly important that the grain that affects us all, food prices, comes out of Ukraine, that the Russians can’t control the Black Sea.”

He said Russian ships should not be “used to bomb cities”.

To date, the UK has supplied Ukraine with more than 5,000 anti-tank missiles, five air defense systems with more than 100 missiles, 1,360 anti-structure munitions and 4.5 tons of plastic explosives.

Britain has also sent over 90,000 ration packs, 10 pallets of medical equipment, 3,000 body armours, 77,000 helmets and 3,000 pairs of boots.

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