Ukraine war news – 'Lunatic' Vladimir Putin has 'small man syndrome', Ben Wallace declares as NATO summit starts | The Sun

RUSSIAN leader Vladimir Putin has "small man syndrome" and has a "lunatic's" view of the world, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said.

The Defence Secretary's comments came after Boris Johnson said Putin's brutal invasion of Ukraine was an example of "toxic masculinity" and a female president would not have made the same mistake.

Mr Wallace told LBC Radio: "Well I certainly think President Putin's view of himself and the world is a small man syndrome, macho view."

He added how the public "rarely hear the phrase small woman syndrome, you always hear small man syndrome".

"I think he's certainly got it in spades," he said.

"But I think the real challenge here is the Russian system's view that somehow some states are lesser than others, their rights don't count.

"If they want to paint themselves into a new history, they seem to think the way to do that is through violence and invasion.

"And I think that's something to worry about."

Read our Ukraine war live blog below for the latest up-to-date news…

  • Louis Allwood

    Ukraine's financial cost of the war

    President Zelensky has estimated the monthly cost of defending Ukraine is about $5bn.

    During his virtual address to delegates at the Nato summit in Madrid he said: "this is a war for the right to dictate conditions in Europe – for what the future world order will be like".

    In order "to stop Russia's ability to pay for the war" Zelensky asked for more sanctions to be placed on Russia.

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    Captured Brit appeals against death sentence according to Russian news agency

    The Interfax news agency reports that a British man has lodged an appeal after being sentenced to a death by a court in a Russian-run area of eastern Ukraine.

    Shaun Pinner was captured while serving with the Ukrainian army and tried as a mercenary in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic.

    His family say he should be considered a prisoner of war and describe the trial as illegal.

    Pinner's lawyer said she would petition for a pardon if the appeal was rejected, according to the Interfax report.

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    Putin’s ‘Iron Doll’ threatens to nuke Downing Street 

    VLADIMIR Putin's so-called Iron Doll has threatened to nuke Downing Street and the White House as Russia releases satellite images of its targets.

    In a chilling warning, TV propagandist Olga Skabeyeva shared pictures of "decision-making centres" in the West which could be blitzed by Russia in a nuclear strike – including the Nato headquarters in Brussels.

    Her message coincided with the Nato summit in Madrid – the location of which was also "targeted".

    She said: "With greetings to the participants of the Nato summit of a bloc openly hostile to Russia.

    "Look at the screen but do not be afraid, please.

    "The Russian Space Agency published satellite images and exact coordinates of what we call the 'decision-making centres' of Western countries.

    "And the venue of the summit in Madrid, where Russia is declared the worst enemy."

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    Kharkiv being hit ‘hour by hour’ claims mayor

    The mayor of Ukraine’s second city has claimed that Kharkiv is being hit with Russian missiles constantly.

    “There is a morning bombardment, there is a day bombardment, and there is a night bombardment of the city of Kharkiv. All this comes from the territory of the Russian Federation — from the Belgorod region,” Ihor Terekhov said.

    The end goal of these attacks? “exterminating us as a nation,” claims that mayor.

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    Russia makes claims about the shopping centre attack

    Following the missile strike on a packed shopping centre in Ukraine multiple false stories were spread.

    Russian Telegram channels and Dmitry Polyanskiy, Russia’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations were just some that spread unproven claims.

    They included rumours that the attack was “false” or “staged”.

    On Tuesday, Russia’s defence ministry released a statement claiming the shopping centre was “non-functioning” and that the bombing of a nearby ammunitions dump sparked a secondary fire at the centre.

    Those claims were flatly denied by Ukrainian officials.

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    What tennis stars are missing Wimbledon due to the Russian ban?

    World number one Daniil Medvedev will play no part at Wimbledon.

    The US Open champion is banned along with all players who represent Russia.

    Aslan Karatsev is excluded from Wimbledon as part of the Russian ban as well as Karen Khachanov.

    World number six Aryna Sabalenka, a national of Belarus, is the highest ranked WTA player to be banned from Wimbledon.

    Though a resident of Boca Raton, Florida, former Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka has been banned due to her Belarussian nationality.

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    Ukraine can continue to count on NATO

    Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg has said Ukraine could continue counting on Nato's assistance in the face of Russia's invasion for "as long as it takes".

    According to Stoltenberg, Ukraine will receive:

    • secure communications
    • fuel
    • medical supplies
    • body armour
    • equipment to counter mines and chemical threats
    • hundreds of portable anti-drone systems

    NATO door remains open

    Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg has said at the alliance summit in Madrid thatFinland and Sweden are being formally invited to sign up to the 30-member military alliance.

    He made it clear that NATO's door has remained open to new joiners.

    UK imposes new round of sanctions on Putin allies

    Britain is imposing sanctions on Russia’s second richest man and a cousin of President Vladimir Putin in the latest round of measures targeting allies of the Russian leader, the Government has said.

    Among those sanctioned are Vladimir Potanin – Russia’s second richest man and owner of the Interross conglomerate – and Mr Putin’s cousin, Anna Tsivileva, who is president of the JSC Kolmar Group coal mining company.

    A Government statement said Mr Potanin has continued to amass wealth while backing President Putin’s regime, acquiring Rosbank and shares in Tinkoff Bankonith in the period following the invasion of Ukraine.

    Ms Tsivileva’s husband, Sergey Tsivilev, is governor of the coal-rich Kemerovo region and the couple are said to have “significantly benefited” from their relationship with the Russian leader.

    The Government said it is also sanctioning a group of Russian individuals and companies for their involvement in repressing civilians and supporting Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria.

    A Government spokesman said: “As long as Putin continues his abhorrent assault on Ukraine, we will use sanctions to weaken the Russian war machine.

    “Today’s sanctions show that nothing and no-one is off the table, including Putin’s inner circle.”

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      NATO summit is proof alliance seeks to contain Russia, says Kremlin

      Moscow said Wednesday that the NATO summit in Madrid served as proof that the alliance was seeking to contain Russia and that it saw Finland and Sweden’s NATO bids as a “destabilising” factor.

      “The summit in Madrid confirms and consolidates this bloc’s policy of aggressive containment of Russia,” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said, Russian news agencies reported.

      “We consider the expansion of the North Atlantic alliance to be a purely destabilising factor in international affairs.”

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      Nato expansion shows Putin is ‘completely wrong’

      Vladimir Putin’s hopes of a diminished Nato have been proved “completely wrong” by Sweden and Finland joining the alliance, Boris Johnson said.

      The two Nordic countries are on track to end their historic neutrality and join the defence alliance after Turkey withdrew its objections.

      Arriving at a summit of Nato leaders in Madrid, where he will commit extra UK forces to the alliance’s effort to protect its eastern flank, the Prime Minister said Russian President Mr Putin is getting “more Nato”, not less, as a result of his actions in Ukraine.

      The UK already has a significant military presence in Estonia and the Prime Minister will use the summit to expand its headquarters in the Baltic nation.

      Officials said this will ensure the UK can provide rapid reinforcements if needed, and deploy artillery, air defence and helicopters.

      The alliance plans to have 300,000 troops at high readiness – up from the current 40,000 – and the UK will commit capabilities in land, air and sea to the “new force model”.

      Mr Johnson said: “The first lesson really from today is that if Vladimir Putin was hoping he would be getting less Nato on his western front as a result of his unprovoked, illegal invasion of Ukraine, he’s been proved completely wrong – he’s getting more Nato.

      “This is a historic summit in many ways, but we’ve already got two new members coming in, Finland and Sweden, a huge step forward for our alliance.

      “And what we’re going to be doing now is talking about what more we can do as an alliance to support the Ukrainians but what we also need to do to make sure that we think about the lessons of the last few months and the need for Nato to revise its posture on its eastern flank.”

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      Britain slaps oligarch Vladimir Potanin with sanctions

      Britain announced sanctions on oligarch Vladimir Potanin on Wednesday.

      The Government described him as Russia’s second-richest man.

      “Potanin continues to amass wealth as he supports Putins regime, acquiring Rosbank, and shares in Tinkoff Bank in the period since Russias invasion of Ukraine,” the government press notice accompanying the announcement said.

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      PM claims Putin wouldn’t have started a war ‘if he was a woman’

      Boris Johnson has said Russian President Vladimir Putin would not have started the “crazy, macho” war in Ukraine if he were a woman.

      The Prime Minister also said that while G7 leaders “desperately” want the war in Ukraine to end, there is “no deal available”.

      Speaking after the G7 summit in Bavaria, Mr Johnson told German broadcaster ZDF: “If Putin was a woman, which he obviously isn’t, but if he were, I really don’t think he would’ve embarked on a crazy, macho war of invasion and violence in the way that he has.

      “If you want a perfect example of toxic masculinity, it’s what he’s doing in Ukraine”.

      He made the comments arguing that “you need more women in positions of power”.

      Mr Johnson also said the G7 meeting had been “incredible” as leaders “got closer and closer”.

      “The logic is yes of course people all want the war to end, they want the war to end desperately, but there’s no deal available.

      “Putin isn’t making an offer of a deal, (Ukrainian President Volodymyr) Zelensky can’t make an offer of a deal”.

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      Ben Wallace says Putin ‘has small man syndrome’

      Vladimir Putin has “small man syndrome” and a “macho” view of the world, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said.

      The Russian leader is a “lunatic”, the Defence Secretary also suggested.

      His comments came after Boris Johnson said the Russian leader’s invasion of Ukraine was an example of “toxic masculinity” and a female president would not have made the same mistake.

      Mr Wallace told LBC Radio: “Well I certainly think President Putin’s view of himself and the world is a small man syndrome, macho view.”

      He added “you rarely hear the phrase small woman syndrome, you always hear small man syndrome”.

      “I think he’s certainly got it in spades,” he said.

      “But I think the real challenge here is the Russian system’s view that somehow some states are lesser than others, their rights don’t count. If they want to paint themselves into a new history, they seem to think the way to do that is through violence and invasion.

    • Joseph Gamp

      UK sharply reduces oil imports from Russia

      The UK sharply reduced oil imports from Russia in the immediate aftermath of the invasion of Ukraine, according to official figures.

      However, new data from the Office for National Statistics showed the UK still imported about £140 million of Russian refined oil in April, two months after the war in Ukraine began.

      The ONS said this represented a slump from around £410 million of refined oil imported from Russia in February, when Russia had been the UK’s biggest supplier.

      Two months later, Russia was the UK’s sixth biggest supplier as the UK increased its supply from other countries including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Belgium.

      Refined oil includes petrol, diesel and heating oil, which have all seen prices spike following the conflict.

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      Russia ‘poses a direct threat to NATO security’ says Stoltenberg

      NATO leaders meeting in Madrid Wednesday are set to label Russia a menace to their security as they overhaul the alliance’s defences in response to the war on Ukraine, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said.

      “We’ll state clearly that Russia poses a direct threat to our security,” Stoltenberg said ahead of the unveiling of NATO’s strategic blueprint.

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      Ben Wallace calls for more defence spending amid Russia threat

      Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has reiterated his call for increased defence spending to counter the threat from Russia.

      Mr Wallace, who is attending the Nato summit in Madrid, said that while he had enough funding for the “here and now”, extra investment was needed in the next Government spending round from the middle of the decade.

      “We were prepared to take certain vulnerabilities on board in the middle of the decade as we got rid of some equipment and re-equipped anew. I think the invasion of Russia into Ukraine has changed that,” he told Sky News.

      “That is why I think discussions are so important for the middle-of-decade funding. In the here and now we are rightly set. The question is what happens in the middle of the decade.

      “My settlement was done before Russia invaded Ukraine. Russia is very, very dangerous on the world stage. The world is less secure than it was two, three years ago and is not looking likely to change for the rest of the decade.

      “That is the moment, in the middle of the decade, to say we should commit to increased funding.”

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      The world outraged by Putin

      Putin launched a deadly attack on a shopping centre in Kremenchuk, leading world leaders to criticise his actions.

      US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said: “The world is horrified by Russia’s missile strike today, which hit a crowded Ukrainian shopping mall”.

      He added that the US will “continue to support Ukraine” and hold Russia to account.

      British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the attack had shown the cruelty and barbarism of Russia’s president.

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      Putin’s 56th colonel and ‘40 soldiers’ killed in first strikes on Russian targets

      Putin has lost his 56th colonel and 40 soldiers after they were hit by missiles supplied by the US.

      Paratrooper commander Col. Andrei Vasilyev, 49, was allegedly killed in the attack on Friday night.

      And reports said that a newly-supplied US medium range HIMARS missile was responsible for taking out more Kremlin targets as the war rages on.

      If confirmed, his death was one of the first from the new 43-mile-range weapons sent to Ukraine by President Joe Biden. 

      Vasilyev was reportedly in an advanced command post of the Russian army’s airborne assault troops, but the location was not specified. 

      He was commander of the 137th Guards Airborne Regiment of the 106th Guards Airborne Division, based in Ryazan.

      Married with a daughter, he had been awarded the Russian Order of Courage on other honours. 

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      US imposes new sanctions on Russia

      The US Treasury Department has confirmed that they have imposed new sanctions on over 100 targets and banned the import of new Russian gold.

      In total 70 entities and 29 individuals have been blacklisted, which freezes any US-held assets and prohibits them from doing business with or conducting financial transactions with US institutions.

      The Treasury Department says on its website that the US will target Russia’s state-owned defense conglomerate Rostec and multiple banks, including the Bank of Moscow.

      Also sanctioned was United Aircraft Corporation, the maker of Russia’s MiG and Sukhoi fighter jets.

      The US Treasury says this aims to “weaken Russia’s ability to continue its aerial assault on Ukraine.”

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      The more weapons supplied the longer the conflict

      According to Reuters Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, has said the more weapons Western countries supply to Ukraine, the longer the conflict will last.

      Speaking on a trip to Turkmenistan, Sergei Lavrov, reportedly echoed earlier claims by Russia’s defence ministry regarding Monday’s fatal attack on a shopping centre.

      He reportedly said that its forces were targeting weapons near the centre, which was not in use.

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      ‘This is our 1937 moment’

      The new head of the British Army says we must be prepared to act rapidly to prevent the spread of war in Europe.

      General Sir Patrick Sanders, the chief of the general staff, has said: “Let me be clear: the British Army is not mobilising to provoke war, it is mobilising to prevent war.

      “We’re living through a period of history as profound as the one our forebears did 80 years ago. And now, as then, our choices will have a disproportionate effect on the future. This is our 1937 moment.”

      In his first public engagement, delivering a speech to the Royal United Services Institute think tank, Sanders says: “If we fail to deter, there are no good choices given the cost of a potential counterattack and the associated nuclear threat. We must therefore meet strength with strength from the outset and be unequivocally prepared to fight for Nato territory.”

      “This is the war that we are mobilising to prevent by preparing to win… And in doing so, it’s my hope that we never have to fight it.”

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      Boris goes back on campaign promise to keep defence spending above inflation

      In his winning 2019 Conservative manifesto, Mr Johnson vowed to “continue to exceed the NATO target of spending 2 per cent of GDP on defence and increase the budget by at least 0.5 per cent above inflation every year of the new Parliament”.

      Johnson has now gone back on this promise.

      The government has responded to criticism of this move, by reminding Brits of the high cost of the Covid-19 pandemic.

      A government source said: “The manifesto was written before £400 billion had to be spent locking people up for their own safety because of the global pandemic.”

      They added: “There is a reality check on things that were offered in a different age which is the only reasonable thing that we can expect.”

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      Russia vows to respond to Japanese sanctions

      Russia promised on Monday to hit Japan with countermeasures in response to Tokyo’s imposition of sanctions against Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine.

      Japan has joined the West in hitting Russia with an unprecedented package of sanctions in the four months since Russia launched its war against Ukraine.

      Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced Tokyo’s latest moves earlier on Monday, including a ban on Russian gold imports, new asset freezes and export bans on a host of Russian individuals and companies.

      Russia’s ambassador to Japan slammed the move and blamed Tokyo for destroying relations between the two countries.

      Sanctions are “short-sighted and harm Japan itself, especially the business community,” ambassador Mikhail Galuzin said in a statement posted on the Russian embassy’s Facebook page.

      “Of course, such an increase in a hostile policy towards Russia will be taken into account by us in our future approach towards Japan and will not go unanswered,” he added.

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