Ben Wallace informed the Defence of Europe convention at King’s College London on Monday that Russia’s era, intelligence and management had all failed and Mr Putin have been fallacious in his trust that Ukrainians would welcome his troops.
But the Defence Secretary mentioned that the Russian president nonetheless had one choice “in his back pocket” – “brutality”.
He mentioned: “If you win your war by killing, murdering, raping, bombing civilian territories, breaching all human rights, all Geneva Conventions, corruption, and that becomes the battle-winning component, the message that sends around the world to other adversaries around the world is incredibly dangerous.
“That you don’t need to have all the best kit or the best training or appropriate rule of law, you just need to be able to be more brutal than the other person and more prepared to destroy everything in your path.”
He added: “That’s why it matters to the international community, and should matter, that if Putin is successful in Ukraine, then watch out.”
Reiterating feedback he made in a speech on the National Army Museum on Monday, Mr Wallace additionally took goal at Russian army “incompetence”, pronouncing it used to be a “betrayal” of the Russian other people, whilst making transparent he used to be now not expressing sympathy for Russian infantrymen struggling within the battle.
He mentioned there have been a “failure of the general staff of the Russian army to both, I suppose, speak truth to power but also to prepare their forces properly”.
Mr Wallace added: “From a professional point of view as a soldier, you have to marvel at the sort of betrayal, really, of many of those people.”
But, he mentioned, Russian infantrymen in any respect ranks needed to endure duty for movements in Ukraine, pronouncing: “Suffering does not excuse culpability.”
Looking forward, Mr Wallace known as for Nato to provide a “long-term plan” to “contain” Russia, conceding Mr Putin would most probably nonetheless be in place of work on the finish of the present battle in Ukraine.
He mentioned: “The question is how do we contain Russia, how do we reassure our allies and how do we provide resilience to other allies?”
Challenged on calls from some politicians to make bigger the scale of the Army, Mr Wallace hit again in opposition to “Top Trump collectors” who, he mentioned, sought after to “boast” concerning the choice of gadgets the Army had irrespective of their effectiveness.
Referring to his personal enjoy in an undersized Army department in northern Germany, he mentioned: “I want it to do what it says on the tin rather than these big hollow forces that we have all served in.”
He added: “What’s the point in boasting we have got so many units if they are not fully wrapped?”
He did, then again, recognize that the Army’s land fleet used to be “woefully in the back of its friends and had to be modernised with additional funding.