Russia is planning biggest war since WWII: UK PM Boris Johnson

Russia is planning biggest war since WWII: UK PM Boris Johnson

Russia is preparing to plunge Europe into its worst conflict since World War II, with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warning that any invasion of Ukraine would free Moscow from global finances. “The facts are all indications that planning has already begun in some sense,” he said in a BBC interview from the Munich Security Conference on Sunday, after two Ukrainian soldiers were killed in attacks around rebel-held enclaves. after.

Johnson, citing US intelligence provided by President Joe Biden to Western leaders, said the Russian offensive plan would see his troops enter Ukraine not only from rebel-held east, but northward from Belarus and the capital Kiev. Will surround “People need to understand the huge cost of human life,” he said. “I’m afraid to say that the plan we’re looking at is something that could actually be the biggest war in Europe since 1945, only on a larger scale.”

A woman talks on the phone with her relatives as a child looks through the window of a train before being evacuated to Russia in Debaltsev controlled by pro-Russian militants in Ukraine on Saturday. pic/ap

Russia’s first deputy permanent representative to the United Nations said on Sunday that US and British spies’ assessments on Ukraine cannot be relied upon because they made “serious mistakes” during the US-led invasion of Iraq. “We don’t trust US and British intelligence, they have disappointed us, the whole world, enough on several occasions to remember the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq,” Dmitry Polyansky told Sky.

Johnson warned that if the Kremlin orders an invasion of Ukraine, the US and UK will try to cut off Russian companies’ access to the US dollar and the British pound, saying it will hit Russia “very, very hard”. . Britain, which is the center of global forex trading, threatened to block Russian companies from raising capital in London and expose assets and company ownership if Russia invaded Ukraine.

Russia denies plans to annex Ukraine. Ukraine is currently surrounded on three sides by approximately 150,000 Russian troops, warplanes and equipment. Hundreds of artillery shells exploded along the line of contact between Ukrainian troops and Russia-backed separatists, and thousands evacuated eastern Ukraine, raising fears on Sunday that a Russian offensive in the volatile region could be underway.

Meanwhile, Belarus’ Defense Minister said that Russia and Belarus are expanding military exercises that end on Sunday. The minister said the decision was taken in connection with the “increased military activity near the external borders” of Russia and Belarus and rising tensions in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine.

Approximate number of Russian troops currently stationed on the Ukrainian border

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