Vladimir Putin a ‘Tyrant’ Over Ukraine - UK Foreign Secretary
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond accused Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday of acting like a “tyrant” over Ukraine, but said Kiev’s forces could not defeat Russia’s army and that only a political solution could end the bloodshed.
“Ukrainians can’t beat the Russian army, that’s not a practical proposition. There has to be a political solution,” he told Sky News.
“This man has sent troops across an international border and occupied another country’s territory in the 21st century acting like some mid-20th century tyrant. Civilised nations do not behave like that,” he added.
Russia denies Western and Ukrainian accusations that it is actively supporting pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine by sending regular troops and weapons into the region.