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The Russian Foreign Minister has defended Russia’s aggression in Ukraine and lashed out at Britain’s continued support of the attacked nation. Mr Lavrov told the BBC: “Russia is not squeaky clean. Russia is what it is. And we are not ashamed of showing who we are.” Since the Russian invasion began on February 24, the international community has been collecting evidence of war crimes which includes the use of banned thermobaric bombs. Russia has repeatedly shown frustration at the UK’s continued support of Ukraine which includes sending weapons, taking refugees and slapping Moscow with crippling sanctions. Mr Lavrov continued: “I don’t think there’s even room for manoeuvre any more, because both [Prime Minister Boris] Johnson and [Liz] Truss say openly that we should defeat Russia, we should force Russia to its knees. Go on, then, do it!”

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UK ‘highly likely’ to add hundreds more troops to NATO force

The UK will “highly likely” add many hundreds more troops to a NATO force in Estonia tasked with deterring Russia, but some could be based back home, the Defence Secretary has revealed.

Britain leads the so-called Enhanced Forward Presence unit in Estonia, with two battlegroups, each comprising close to 1,000 personnel.

Adding a third battlegroup would turn it into a brigade.

Speaking at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “The key areas of discussion are how our forces are going to be distributed – how permanent versus how deployable, versus how ready, will be the main area of discussion.”

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