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But Mr Farage has doubled-down on his feedback, writing an article for the Telegraph titled: ‘The West’s errors in Ukraine have been catastrophic. I will not apologise for telling the reality.’

In it, Mr Farage wrote: “I am not and never have been an apologist or supporter of Putin. His invasion of Ukraine was immoral, outrageous and indefensible. As a champion of national sovereignty, I believe that Putin was entirely wrong to invade the sovereign nation of Ukraine.

“Nobody can pretty accuse me of being an appeaser. I’ve by no means sought to justify Putin’s invasion in any means and I’m not now.”

He added: “But that does not change the truth that I noticed it coming a decade in the past, warned that it was coming and am one of many few political figures who has been persistently proper and sincere about Russia’s Ukraine battle.

“What I have been saying for the past 10 years is that the West has played into Putin’s hands, giving him the excuse to do what he wanted to do anyway.”

Mr Farage has beforehand confronted criticism for his remarks on Putin.

In 2014, he mentioned he “admired” Putin as an “operator.”

He advised GQ journal: “As an operator, but not as a human being, I would say Putin.

“The means he performed the entire Syria factor. Brilliant. Not that I approve of him politically. How many journalists in jail now?”

Mr Farage later addressed criticism of his comments in 2014, saying he had been “wildly misquoted”.

He mentioned in an LBC debate: “They’re going to have a go at me over Putin because I’ve been wildly misquoted over that.

“I was asked a couple of months ago which world leader did I admire and I said Vladimir Putin as an operator particularly the way he managed to stop the West getting militarily involved in Syria, but I don’t like him, I wouldn’t want to live there and I don’t like him as a human being. But I’m sure there will be a ding-dong over that.”