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Putin to ‘lash out and kill more innocent people’ on Ukraine war anniversary

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    Vladimir Putin is expected to launch a large-scale attack on Ukraine to mark 12 months since Russia illegally invaded the country and declared war.

    The UK defence secretary Ben Wallace has warned that these attacks will likely involve the murder of innocent civilians, who will be targeted as part of the violent blitz.

    Speaking to The Sun, Wallace said: “I think you should expect Russians to step up their indiscriminate targeting of civilian areas.

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    “They may try to do something on the ground, on the offensive.”

    It is thought that Putin saw taking Ukraine as an easy win, and did not anticipate Russia to remain in conflict with Ukraine 12 months on.

    During this time, the Russian army has sustained damages – having to conscript convicts and male civilians to strengthen their numbers.

    In recent weeks, Putin has already began increasing missile attacks on vital Ukrainian resources such as power supplies.

    Ukraine confirmed that Russia had untaken missile and drone strikes, marking Russia’s intentions.

    UK defence secretary, Ben Wallace acknowledged the looming dangers but felt Ukraine were in a good position to defend and retaliate.

    He said: "The Russian army isn’t very good at all, their equipment isn’t good. The Ukrainians can and will fight. They are underestimated by all of us and never stop surprising us.”

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    Russia initially invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, displacing millions of Ukrainians.

    Since then, thousands of soldiers and civilians have been killed defending the country from Putin’s attacks.

    Ukrainian land recovered from the Russians has also unveiled mass graves containing the remains of innocent civilians killed during occupation.

    As a result of Russia’s aggression the UN Human Rights Council called for Russia to remove its troops.

    While the International Criminal Court opened an investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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