Britain recalls desire to liberate “all of Ukraine”.

The British government said on Thursday that its objectives in Ukraine had not changed, softening Foreign Secretary Liz Truss’ comments the day before that “all of Ukraine” should be liberated, ie including Crimea.

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Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said Ms Truss’s comments were consistent with Western positions since Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula in 2014.

“We kept saying that Russia should leave the territory of Ukraine, nothing has changed,” he told Sky News.

Asked whether the UK would provide military support to Ukraine in an offensive to retake the peninsula, he stressed that “there is still a long way to go” before Ukrainian troops enter Crimea.

“We support the sovereign integrity of Ukraine. That includes Crimea, of course,” the defense minister continued, but “most importantly, let’s dissuade Russia from its current invasion plan.”

Speaking to an audience of diplomats and business leaders on Wednesday night, Chief of Diplomacy Liz Truss reiterated that Britain had “doubled” its support for Ukraine.

“We will go further and faster to oust Russia from all of Ukraine,” she said, urging westerners to increase military production, including tanks and planes, to help Kyiv.

Ben Wallace reiterated that British tanks and fighter planes would not go directly to Ukraine, but would replace Soviet-era equipment sent from countries like Poland.

He also said Russian President Vladimir Putin had “set the stage” for a big announcement to mark World War II’s “Victory Day” on May 9.

“If he wants to further mobilize the Russian people, he has to admit that they are ‘at war,'” he explained on the BBC, while Vladimir Putin uses the term ‘operation special military’ to talk about the invasion.

“He can’t admit it and say ‘I was wrong.’ He’s going to have to admit while trying to blame everyone else,” Mr Wallace appreciated, particularly NATO.

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