Vladimir Putin’s aggressive “special military operations” on Ukraine, which involves the indiscriminate targeting of civilians, can be compared to Adolf Hitler’s use of V-1 weapons for the purposes of terrorism during World War 2, an expert has said.
John R. Bryson, Professor of Economic Geography at Birmingham Business School, has slammed Russian president Putin’s hyper-aggressive and technological “military operation” on Ukraine. In his critique of the de facto leader, the academic compared Russian mass indiscriminate targeting of civilian infrastructures and kamikaze drone strikes to Hitler’s London terror bombings in 1944.
It comes after defence committee chairman Tobias Ellwood warned that Vladimir Putin is planning to unleash a dirty bomb on Ukraine, which he will then seek to blame on Ukrainian premier Volodymyr Zelensky in a false flag operation.
The announcement followed remarks by Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu, claiming that Ukraine was planning to use a bomb packed with radioactive material.
Just last week, global press outlets also slammed Putin’s use of Iranian “kamikaze” drones as a desperate measure signalling an admission of his failure to successfully invade Ukraine.
Professor Bryson said, speaking to Express.co.uk: “The use of these drones is like Adolf Hitler’s deployment of the V-1 flying bombs or Vergeltungswaffe 1 (Vengeance Weapon 1) during World War II.
“The V-1 was deployed as a form of terror bombing of London in 1944. Thus, the deployment by Russia of kamikaze drones represents the use of a new form of vengeance weapon intended to terrorise the Ukrainian people and this is counter to jus in bello.”
Professor Bryson described the philosophical notion of Jus In Bello as the “right conduct in a war” once it has officially begun, as opposed to “jus ad bellum”, which is the right to go to war in the first place.
Mr Bryson is adamant that Putin had absolutely no justifiable grounds to go to war with Ukraine, and so betrayed jus ad bellum.
He said: “The problem for Russia is that there are no satisfactory or justifiable grounds for instigating this war. Ukraine was no threat to Russia. Putin argues that his war is about protecting Russians living in Ukraine.
“This argument then also collapses given the ways in which Russia is conducting military operations in Ukraine based on jus in bello. There is no question that Russia is indiscriminately targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure.”
He went on: “For Russia, Putin’s war with Ukraine must be defined as ‘unjust’. Ukrainians are responding to an illegal and unjust invasion.
“Ukraine could fall back and let Russia annex Ukraine, but this would be an unjust response to an unjust military activity. The only just action for Ukraine is to defend its people and territory.”
Discussing Russia’s fading role as one of Europe’s primary energy suppliers, Mr Bryson said Putin’s potential future attempts to re-establish Russia as a dominant energy provider must be shut down by other European countries.
It comes as Putin met with Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss the possibility of the country becoming Europe’s primary energy supplier.
He said: “There must be clarity regarding Russian petrochemicals. Recently, Putin visited Turkey and proposed that Turkey should become a gas hub for Europe that would replace the Baltic Sea’s Nord Stream pipelines.
“This type of proposal should be ridiculed. Putin’s unjust Ukrainian war has highlighted the stupidity of any form of energy dependency based around one country supplier.
“No European country must permit itself to become too dependent on one energy source or energy provider.