Ukraine subject ‘to barbarism’ as Russia ‘murdering innocent civilians’, says Liz Truss

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Foreign Secretary Liz Truss (Victoria Jones/PA) (PA Wire)
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss (Victoria Jones/PA) (PA Wire)

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has said the UK must not allow Vladimir Putin to continue his barbaric invasion of Ukraine as she accused Russian forces of “murdering innocent civilians”.

Ahead of the anniversary of the end of the Second World War on Monday, Ms Truss condemned the Russian invasion as she reiterated her commitment to providing aid and military supplies to Ukraine.

She lamented that “evidence continues to mount of Russian forces murdering innocent civilians in cold blood, raping women in front of their children and rounding up people to be forcibly deported”.

She wrote: “The Ukrainian people are being subjected to this barbarism because they want to live freely in control of their own future. The United Kingdom stands united with our NATO Allies and G7 partners in our determination to uphold Ukraine’s sovereignty.

“At this dark hour, it is a moral and strategic imperative for us all to support Ukraine unwaveringly. We cannot allow Putin’s vanity to prolong this senseless war.

“He hoped to take Ukraine by storm but victory continues to elude him three months later. This is testament to how gravely he underestimated the will of the Ukrainian nation.

“He has been blindsided by the strength of the Ukrainian fightback and the free world uniting to end his appalling war. Putin cannot and will not break Ukraine.”

Following an investigation by the Associated Press, it is now thought up to 600 people were killed by a Russian attack on a theatre in Mariupol.

Russia has also been accused of committing war crimes in the town of Bucha, where Ukrainian soldiers discovered mass graves after enemy troops withdrew from the area - althought Russia has denied this.

British national, Scott Sibley has also been killed fighting in Ukraine while at least five others - to of whom were working to provide aid - have been captured.

It comes after British defence chiefs revealed that the T-90M – Russia’s most advanced tank – has been destroyed in fighting.

In its latest update on Saturday morning, the Ministry of Defence said: “The conflict in Ukraine is taking a heavy toll on some of Russia’s most capable units and most advanced capabilities.

“It will take considerable time and expense for Russia to reconstitute its armed forces following this conflict.

“It will be particularly challenging to replace modernised and advanced equipment due to sanctions restricting Russia’s access to critical microelectronic components.”

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