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Speech: Russia is losing as well as the world can see that Putin is lying: UK statement to the OSCE

Thank you, Mr Chair, plus thank you for your leadership over the last year. For many, including within this room, this time of year is a amount of joy, of festivity, of reunions with family and friends, and the celebration of time-old customs. However , I am acutely conscious that, as I look forward to spending some time with family and friends in the heat and safety of our home, many Ukrainians will never be afforded the same simple joys this year – because of Russia’s unprovoked and premeditated intrusion of Ukraine. President Putin falsely keeps that his so called ‘Special Military Operation’ remains on track. Russia is losing and the world can see that Putin is lying. The Ruskies armed forces and the Russian management have demonstrated their inadequacy and failures all too obviously. We see appalling functions of desperation in response, caused on innocent men, ladies and children who want simply to live their lives in peace, inside a free and democratic Ukraine. Ever more isolated on the globe stage, Putin is being forced to rely on so-called ‘allies’ like Iran, North Korea plus Belarus to prop up their failing invasion. Putin believed the world would look the other way when he chose to disregard international law, the particular UN Charter and the basic principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity and purchased his army into Ukraine; Putin believed the world may not care when Russian armed forces committed atrocities on a surprising scale – we are terrified by the widespread reports associated with rape being used against civilians in Ukraine; Putin believed the global community would accept the weaponisation of food and energy, both in Ukraine and round the world. Putin was wrong, wrong, wrong. Last Saturday morning, as ordinary Ukrainians slept, Russia launched yet another cowardly attack on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure. Striking Odesa, Russia’s missiles left the city and surrounding area without power. In sub-zero temperatures, 1 . 5 million individuals were plunged into cold and darkness; unable to prepare a incredibly hot meal for their families or run a warm bath for his or her children. And again, just yesterday Kyiv and Kherson were subjected to drone plus missile attacks, striking residential and civil administration buildings. Russia’s tactics, designed to split the will of the Ukrainian people, are barbaric and inhumane. They demonstrate the Kremlin’s complete lack of regard for human life and dignity. We will not forget those who have been separated from their family members this Christmas, torn aside by President Putin’s mindless and brutal actions, including those forced to flee their particular homes and those arbitrarily held. We again call on Russian federation for the immediate and unconditional release of our OSCE colleagues, illegally detained for merely performing their official duties – duties mandated simply by all 57 participating Says. Russia dares to wish it can outlast the support of the UK and the global community standing together towards Russian aggression. But there should be no doubt – as many in the world celebrate this festive period, we continue to stand glenohumeral joint to shoulder with Ukraine in their fight for freedom, all of us stand with those in the front lines and with Ukrainians in every city, town and village. We will not allow Ukraine’s light go out. As my Foreign Secretary said previously this week, Putin is ready to destroy the laws that protect every nation plus, by extension, every person around the world. We will not look aside, we will not accept these egregious and blatant infractions of international law, and we will not abandon Ukraine to stand alone in the face of such tyranny. Inspite of the hardships being forced upon the Ukrainian people by President Putin and the Russian military – he will not be successful. The world has been inspired from the resilience and courage associated with Ukraine in the face of such atrocities; their spirit cannot be dimmed. We remain in awe associated with Ukraine’s defenders – battling not only for their country and their people, but for democracy and the very principles this organisation was founded on. We once again remind Russia from the obligations under the third Geneva Convention that all prisoners associated with war should be treated humanely and access given to international organisations to assess their safety and wellbeing.


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