Russia-Ukraine war latest: Former NATO commander warns that West must gear up for war
As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine hits its 64th day, a former NATO commander urged the West to prepare for a “worst case” scenario: war with Russia. Meanwhile, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday visited areas around Kyiv that were formally held by Russian forces. “The war is evil,” he said while standing beside destroyed apartment blocks in the town of Borodyanka.
In response to comments made by the U.K. foreign secretary over the West’s needing to “double down” on its support for Ukraine, former NATO commander Richard Shirreff told BBC Radio 4’s “Today” program it was “absolutely the right approach” and that “it’s got to be followed through with significant resources, and it’s got to be done right across the alliance as a whole.”
Shirreff, formerly a NATO deputy strategic commander for Europe, went on to caution that the Kremlin is likely to respond to this aggressively and that the West should be prepared for a worst-case scenario. “The worst case is war with Russia,” he said. “By gearing itself up for the worst case, it is most likely to deter [Russian President Vladimir] Putin because ultimately Putin respects strength.” Source
Meanwhile Ukraine says Russia is Increasing Pace of Attacks all Over Ukraine!
Ukraine’s military command posted a public social media message warning the public that Russia is “increasing the pace of the offensive operation” which is coming “in almost all directions”.
The Ukraine armed forces’ statement said of the stepped up attacks that “in almost all directions, the Russian occupiers are exerting intense fire,” with the most concentrated military activity “observed in [the] Slobozhansky and Donetsk directions” of Ukraine’s north and east. Starting earlier in the month Russia’s defense ministry made it clear it’s seeking full control primarily of Ukraine’s east and south.’
The warning to the public and to inform Kiev’s Western backers come the day after Russia’s President Putin threatened “lighting”-fast retaliatory strikes on “decision-making centers” if foreign countries meddle in the conflict. He said during an address before the Council of Legislators in St. Petersburg that the armed forces remain undeterred as “all the objectives will definitely be carried out” in the Ukraine operation, before warning:
“If someone intends to interfere in what is going on from the outside they must know that constitutes an unacceptable strategic threat to Russia.
“They must know that our response to counter-strikes will be lightning-fast.”
Ukrainian officials have also said Russia has begun imposing parallel local governments, for example in the now fallen city of Kherson the Kremlin has appointed its own mayor and a pro-Russian administration over the region, which declared that Kherson’s return to Ukrainian control is now “impossible”. Source
Meanwhile Russian State TV is saying that “We’re all going to die someday” and that “Nuclear war is the most probable outcome”!
Vladimir Putin will launch an all-out nuclear war on the West rather than accept defeat in Ukraine, Russia’s chief propagandists have declared, in just the latest chilling threat coming from Moscow.
Margarita Simonyan, editor of state broadcaster RT and one of the Kremlin’s highest-profile mouthpieces, declared on TV last night that the idea of Putin pressing the red button is ‘more probable’ than the idea that he will allow Russia to lose the war.
‘Either we lose in Ukraine,’ she said, ‘or the Third World War starts. I think World War Three is more realistic, knowing us, knowing our leader.
‘The most incredible outcome, that all this will end with a nuclear strike, seems more probable to me than the other course of events.
‘This is to my horror on one hand,’ she told a panel of experts shifting nervously in their seats, ‘but on the other hand, it is what it is. We will go to heaven, while they will simply croak… We’re all going to die someday.’
Simonyan’s calm imagining of nuclear holocaust is just the latest threat issued from the top levels of the Russian state, after fellow propagandist Vladimir Solovyov, foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, and Putin himself issued threats in the last 48 hours. Source
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