Former Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn Calls for End of Military Support to Ukraine

Jeremy Corbyn, the former leader of the Labour Party, said in an interview with the controversial Al Mayadeen television station, that he opposed any military support for Ukraine from the west. Corbyn said:

“Pouring arms in isn’t going to bring about a solution, it’s only going to prolong and exaggerate this war. Ukrainians are dying. Ukrainians have gone into exile, thousands and thousands. And conscripted young Russian soldiers are dying. This war is disastrous for the people of Ukraine, for the people of Russia and for the safety and security of the whole world. Therefore there has to be much more effort put into peace.”

Tobias Ellwood, the MP for Bournemouth East and former Conservative Defence Minister, said in an interview with the Telegraph following Corbyn’s comments:

“He is illustrating yet again why he would have been such an inappropriate prime minister for the nation because he doesn’t understand that the geopolitical consequences of supporting democracy occasionally means using hard power. This is deeply irresponsible for a senior politician. I hope his comments are not seen to undermine the wider support for, and the commitment to, supporting Ukraine following this unprovoked invasion by Putin.”