Boris Johnson calls Vladimir Putin ‘nasty’ over Ukraine invasion
Boris Johnson said Vladimir Putin’s actions in Ukraine had made him “evil” during a speech at the NATO summit in Madrid on Wednesday.
“I think what he did is wrong,” the prime minister told GB News, speaking to presenter Darren McCaffrey.
Asked if he would describe Putin himself as evil, the prime minister replied: “I think it probably follows that if you are what you do, then certainly.”
“It was an appalling act of unwarranted aggression against an innocent population,” he added. “It’s very rare in life, in politicians, in diplomacy that you see something absolutely black and white, something so clear.”
The prime minister likened support for Russia to a decision between “good and evil”, but had previously refrained from using that language to describe Putin himself.
He said the UK should work to address the attitudes of countries that were more ambivalent about Putin’s actions.
Boris Johnson called Putin a ‘bad guy’ for his actions in Ukraine at the NATO summit in Madrid. ‘This was an appalling act of unwarranted aggression against the innocent population,’ the Prime Minister said, speaking to GB News’ Darren McCaffrey, pictured
“We have to explode some myths,” he said. “Sanctions are not driving up food prices, as Putin tells African, Asian and Latin American countries. Nothing prevents Putin from exporting food, from exporting fertilizers, that’s what he does to prevent cereals from leaving Ukraine.
He also attacked the idea that NATO had encroached on Russia by expanding its borders.
“There was no chance that missiles were stationed [in Ukraine]” Johnson added. “It’s a complete myth. It’s an absolutely unprovoked act of aggression.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace has previously described Putin as ‘crazy’ and said he suffers from ‘little man syndrome’ – suggesting his decision-making is influenced by his short stature compared to other leaders global.
Johnson has also previously called the Russian leader’s behavior an example of “toxic masculinity”.
The statement comes just days after Putin launched a brutal attack in Ukraine that appeared to target only civilians.
Desperate relatives of missing victims of the attack on a Ukrainian shopping center appealed for help to find their loved ones on Monday.
Among those at the scene asking passers-by for information was Ihor Ivakhenko whose girlfriend Tatyana Brigadirenko was working at the Amstor shopping center when he was hit by a Russian missile strike.
At least 18 people are believed to have died, including 11 discovered in a toy store. But more than 40 remained missing last night.
Lists of the missing were pinned to a police station and relatives left messages at the site of the attack in the central city of Kremenchuk.
Several employees of Comfy, an appliance store, were still missing last night, including Elena Poliakova.
Devastation: The mall in flames. At least 18 people are believed to have died, including 11 discovered in a toy store
Still missing: Sofia Vinnik (left) and Shopper: Anna Vovnenko (right)
Meeting: Alyona Velichko (left) and At work: Elena Poliakova (right)
Another Amstor employee, Sofia Vinnik, 21, was known to have been at work. Other appeals were made on social media, including for Anna Vovnenko, who was with her mother when the missiles fell.
His mother is now hospitalized among about fifty injured people. Another call, for Alyona Velichko, 44, said she was going to meet a friend near the mall.
Up to 1,000 people feared they had been inside when it was hit. Yesterday Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky denounced Russia’s actions as “one of the most audacious terrorist attacks in European history”.
Russia accused Ukraine of masterminding the attack.