Boris Johnson calls Vladimir Putin a war criminal

Boris Johnson calls Vladimir Putin a war criminal.

Boris Johnson calls Vladimir Putin a war criminal.

SPEAKING at the Commons during the PMQs on Wednesday, March 2, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson called Russian President Vladimir Putin a war criminal.

“What we have seen already from Vladimir Putin’s regime – in the use of munitions they have already been dropping on innocent civilians – in my view already fully qualifies as a war crime,” he told the Commons.

He added that Putin had “gravely miscalculated” in his “abhorrent assault” on Ukraine.

“He has underestimated the extraordinary fortitude of the Ukrainian people and the unity and resolve of the free world in standing up to his barbarism,” the PM said.

Mr Johnson, along with other leaders of European countries and around the world, has given his backing to Ukraine and has been in constant contact with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky since Ukraine was invaded by Russia on February 24.

He has urged others to do the same.

He told the Commons that he believed “every nation [should] join the UK in condemning Russia and demanding that Putin turns his tanks around.”

The PM said: “Putin has gravely miscalculated; in his abhorrent assault on a sovereign nation, he has underestimated the extraordinary fortitude of the Ukrainian people and the unity and resolve of the free world in standing up to his barbarism.

“The UN General Assembly will vote later today and we call on every nation to join us in condemning Russia and demanding that Putin turns his tanks around.

“If instead Putin doubles down then so shall we, further ratcheting up economic pressure and supporting Ukraine with finance, with weapons and with humanitarian assistance.

“Today the Disasters Emergency Committee is launching its Ukraine appeal and every pound donated by the British people will be matched by the Government, starting with £20million (€24 million).”

Despite the grave situation in Ukraine, the PMQs was graced with some heartwarming, light relief from the tension as the entire Commons gave a minutes-long standing ovation to the Ukrainian ambassador watching from the gallery.


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Matthew Roscoe

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