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Adam Price says Vladmir Putin has ‘declared war on Ukraine’s right to exist as a nation’

24 Feb 2022 3 minute read
Adam Price, left. Right, picture by the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Adam Price has said that Vladimir Putin has “declared war on Ukraine’s right to exist as a nation” and plans to ” extinguish a separate Ukrainian identity”.

The Plaid Cymru leader was speaking this morning after returning from the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. He and Wales’ Counsel General Mick Antoniw returned yesterday following advice that the security situation has deteriorated.

Russian forces launched a major military assault on Ukraine, with reports of missile strikes and explosions in major cities, this morning.

Adam Price said that the sight of a democratic country being invaded should “chill us and shock us into action”.

“Putin justifying his premeditated and unprovoked invasion of a European democracy – something Russia under his brutal regime clearly is not – by saying he is to ‘demilitarise and denazify’ Ukraine, is gaslighting at a global and horrific scale,” he said.

“We should be under no doubt this means Russia plans to arrest, murder Ukraine’s elected leaders, activists and all those who would oppose the extinguishing of a separate Ukrainian identity. Harrowing accounts I heard from families of those in occupied territories underlines this

“The sight of tanks invading a sovereign democratic European state, its capital shelled – a country by no means perfect but one like ours with competitive elections, independent newspapers, free trade unions, human rights campaigners – should chill us and shock us into action.

“Putin has declared war on Ukraine’s right to exist as a nation. But this is also a declaration of war against democracy itself. When lies were told in 1938 we believed them. When tanks rolled in 1956 and 1968 we did nothing. We cannot afford to make that same mistake again.”

Earlier Wales’ Counsel General Mick Antoniw, who visited Ukraine along with Adam Price, posted a video of an explosion in the country. His family is from Ukraine.

“Grim, grim news as Putin escalates invasion of Ukraine,” he said.

“All our thoughts and support should now be with the Ukrainian people who are taking up arms to defend their country. My personal thoughts with my family in Ukraine.

“Ukrainian forces recaptured town of Shchastia. Fighting in many places all over Ukraine. My cousin rang me say he will stay there to the end!”

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Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
9 months ago

A website about as impartial on matter’s relating to Putin as his mouthpiece Russia Today, in fact many of those who work for that site are also employed by Russia Today. As well as promoting Putin’s propaganda that site is also infamous for promoting the Assad regime”s disgusting lies that the victims of poisonous gas attacks in the syrian civil war did it to themselves

Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
9 months ago

Adam Price should be commended for speaking out in defence of international law. Plaid Cymru is an internationalist party and has a long and honourable tradition of opposing illegal military actions and showing solidarity with its victims.

9 months ago


9 months ago

Im not a big fan of AP but he is so right on this as of course is MA ……well done both. We need to be aware of the Putin trolls as Leigh warns. This is the last roll of the dice for him …
…Putin that is ( not Leigh )

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