Britain says Russia's Putin acting like 'tyrant' over Ukraine

February 8, 2015 12:25 PM

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Britain says Russia's Putin acting like 'tyrant' over Ukraine

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain accused Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday of acting like a "tyrant" over Ukraine, but said Kiev's forces could not defeat Russia's army on the battlefield and that only a political solution could end the bloodshed.

The comments, by British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, were his toughest yet on Russia and came after he rejected a suggestion that Britain had become an "irrelevance" because it wasn't directly involved in talks with Putin to end the Ukraine crisis.

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