The Papers: Putin branded a Nazi and Dennis Waterman tributes

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The Papers: Putin branded a Nazi and Dennis Waterman tributes

By BBC News

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Defence Secretary Ben Wallace

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Defence Secretary Ben Wallace will use a speech to accuse Russian President Vladimir Putin and his inner circle of “mirroring” the fascism of Nazi Germany

The Daily Telegraph and the Times highlight a speech later this morning by the Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, who will accuse Vladimir Putin and his inner circle of “mirroring” the fascism of Nazi Germany.

Mr Wallace will also say that they must meet the same fate as the Nazis. His speech in London will coincide with the military parade in Moscow.

Western officials have told the Telegraph that Mr Putin could use the event to expand his invasion of Ukraine and announce the intention to annex its Donbas region.

A new round of US sanctions against Russia makes the Financial Times’ lead. The paper says the measures target 27 executives at Gazprombank – although its assets will not be frozen, and transactions will not blocked because that is how European countries pay for Russian gas.

American companies will no longer be able to sell accounting and consulting services to Russian firms.

According to the Guardian, the Democratic Unionists are seeking an urgent meeting with Boris Johnson, to warn him that they will stall power-sharing in Northern Ireland until Christmas, if the trade border in the Irish Sea is not removed.

The i newspaper says the Foreign Secretary Liz Truss – who has been negotiating with the EU to find a way to reduce the checks – believes the talks will fail. It says she plans to ask the prime minister to authorise unilateral action, which would include suspending large parts of the Brexit deal.

However, cabinet sources have told the Daily Telegraph that Ms Truss faces opposition to her plan from Chancellor Rishi Sunak, and Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove. The paper says Mr Gove favours a slightly softer approach and talking for longer, while Mr Sunak fears any unilateral action could lead to a trade war with the EU, which would worsen the cost of living crisis.

The Times says Boris Johnson will use the Queen’s Speech on Tuesday to announce plans to cut hundreds of pieces of EU law from the statute book, cut regulations for small businesses and remove environmental restrictions that can delay or prevent infrastructure projects.

The paper says he will try to reboot his government in an attempt to boost the economy and reunite the coalition of voters which brought him to power.

On its front page, the Daily Mail says Sir Keir Starmer is “running scared” as police investigate whether he breached Covid rules during a visit to Durham last year.

The Labour leader has cancelled a speech he was due to give on Monday afternoon. The paper says some in his shadow cabinet believe he should tackle this head on by saying that he would resign if he is given a fixed penalty notice.

The front pages of the Sun and the Daily Mirror feature tributes to the actor Dennis Waterman, who has died aged 74.

He is described as a legend who put his success down to good fortune – saying that he planned his golf more than his career. The Sun’s headline draws on the theme song from Waterman’s show, Minder: “You were so good for us, Dennis”.