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Ben Wallace has mentioned that Ukraine’s counteroffensive is succeeding, “slowly but surely”, and has the “momentum” towards Russia.

He additionally takes a swipe at pessimistic “group thinkers” with supposed “Russia experience” who mentioned that Ukraine would solely maintain on “for a few weeks” when the warfare first broke out.

Mr Wallace’s intervention comes precisely one month after he resigned as Defence Secretary, and have become one of many few politicians to depart their job whereas having fun with widespread approval and recognition.

Mr Wallace mentioned the women and men of Ukraine had been “proving to us in NATO how much we have underestimated them”.

He described the Ukrainians as having “the same spirit we possessed in 1939”, and poignantly says pessimists within the West failed to grasp that “in war, the most precious commodity of all is hope”.

Mr Wallace mentioned President Zelensky ought to now think about conscripting Ukraine’s youth as Russia mobilises its younger individuals to battle within the warfare.

While he accepted the Ukrainian chief’s want to “preserve the young for the future”, he prompt they must now be thought-about to affix the battle “as Britain did in 1939 and 1941”.

He used an op-ed for the Telegraph as a rallying cry to demand Britain and its NATO allies “keep the hope going” and again it up with funding and tools.

He mentioned: “When hope is combined with the right equipment, there is no stopping Ukraine.

“We have a chance to help finish this. The Russian army is cracking. Ukraine has learnt new tactics to overcome horrendous minefields, and the Storm Shadow strikes are devastating Russian HQs.”

He additionally noticed that we had been now witnessing “the beginnings of the battle for Crimea”.

Mr Wallace additionally made a swipe at Mr Sunak for permitting Germany to overhaul the UK as the most important European donor to Ukraine.

Before leaving workplace, he requested the Prime Minister to match or enhance the £2.3billion pledged to Ukraine this 12 months.

As Defence Secretary, Mr Wallace claims he was regularly confronted with causes to not keep it up supporting the nation and seeing the warfare to an finish.

He accused the recommendation of coming from individuals who “wouldn’t have known the difference between one end of a rifle and the other”.

Mr Wallace, who when he stepped down was persistently polled as the most well-liked cupboard minister amongst Tory members, says Vladimir Putin has an “inescapable flaw”.

He mentioned: “Romance, ego and revenge drove Putin to cross into Ukraine and it will be his undoing. His army has lost more than 2,500 tanks, 6,500 armoured vehicles and nearly 300,000 dead or injured. Not a single commander who led the major Russian units into Ukraine is still in place.

“Putin is desperately grasping at the final two things that can save him – time and the splitting of the international community. Britain can do something about both.”