Russia will spark the worst bloodshed in Europe since World War II if it invades Ukraine, Prime Minister Vladmir Putin warned today.
Boris Johnson said “guerrilla war” would then usher in carnage and “many sons of Russian mothers would not come home”.
In a stark warning, he also said sending troops would lead to NATO strengthening on Russia’s borders.
Moscow has concentration of more than 100,000 troops on the border of Ukraine and seems increasingly invasive.
The prime minister said he would “shudder at the thought of the tragedy” of a war in Ukraine that would turn the country into a “wasteland”.
He told Moscow that Ukrainian forces were ready to fight a long guerrilla war and that “Russia will never be able to call it peace”.
Boris told the Commons: “Their resistance will be resilient and tenacious and the bloodshed comparable to the first war in Chechnya or Bosnia or any other conflict Europe has endured since. since 1945.
“No one can benefit from such a disaster. If President Putin chooses the path of bloodshed and destruction, he must realize that it will be both tragic and futile.
“And we shouldn’t allow him to believe that he can easily take a smaller part of Ukraine, make slices of Italian sausage, because the resistance will be fierce.
“Ukrainians are determined to fight and are becoming more and more adept at guerrilla warfare.
“If Russia pursues this path, many sons of Russian mothers will not come home.”
The prime minister said that a Russian invasion would spark “a terrible war that will cause and deserve the condemnation of history”.
He also told the Kremlin that it would face “heavy economic sanctions” from Britain, Europe and the US if war broke out.
Boris pledged that the measures taken would be “more severe than anything we have done before against Russia” and could be deployed quickly.
But he acknowledged that there are divisions within the Western alliance over how far to go in targeting the Russian economy.
The Prime Minister said that Britain would want to beat Moscow by excluding it from the SWIFT international banking system.
It would be “certainly a very powerful weapon” for deterrence, he said.
But he added: “I’m afraid it can only really be deployed with US support although we are discussing that.”
Boris also warned that the EU’s heavy reliance on Russian gas was making it harder to agree on the toughest sanctions.
In particular, Germany gets more than a third of its energy needs from Moscow and has been accused of being too soft on the Kremlin.
He acknowledged the harsh measures would be a greater sacrifice for Berlin than Britain, which has less economic ties to Russia.
But he added: “We must hope that for the sake of peace they are willing to make sacrifices.”
https://www.thesun.ie/news/8260771/boris-johnson-vladimir-putin-ukraine-russia/ Boris Johnson warns Putin’s invasion of Ukraine will cause worst bloodshed since World War 2 and many Russians ‘won’t go home’