General Sir Mike Jackson, former chief of the British Army, has urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to “play the long game” as he continues to seek support for Ukraine
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The former British Army chief has warned that we “cannot rule out World War III” as Russia continues its bombing of Ukraine.
General Sir Mike Jackson said the world was now in “uncharted territory” and he was increasingly concerned that nuclear weapons could again be used against humans.
Asked directly whether he fears that the Ukraine conflict will lead to a global war, he said: “I cannot rule it out. I find that very difficult to say.
“The situation is now very delicate in relation to East-West and its future. His unknown territory.
“We haven’t seen the use of nuclear weapons since 1945, thank God. But I honestly can’t say with confidence that we can survive another century without such a commitment.”
Sir Mike went on to urge the Prime Minister to “play the long game” as he continues to seek support for Ukraine.
He told GB News: “Strategically, we must continue on the path we have now taken to assist Ukraine without offering a military presence in the air or on the ground.
“I am satisfied with this argument. We must continue to ostracize Vladimir Putin while remembering that our dispute is not with the Russian people.
“In the long term, they are in just as much danger from Putin as the rest of the world. We have to play it for a long time.
“Old issues in the West, socially, politically, should now be overshadowed by the strategic importance of getting this right.”
His comments came at a weekend when Russian forces appear to have increased the intensity of their attacks on Ukrainian cities.
Earlier today, the Mariupol City Council reported that an art school in the city, where about 400 people were sheltering, was attacked.
A video has also circulated showing the Russian military firing what appear to be thermobaric missiles from a launch vehicle.
Russian missiles explode at a much higher temperature than most, and their explosions last longer than conventional weapons.
The resulting heat can massively damage internal organs and cause burns.
This morning it emerged that Russian ships launched cruise missile attacks on Ukraine in the Black Sea and Caspian Sea and launched hypersonic missiles from Crimean airspace today and yesterday.
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One of the strikes destroyed a large fuel depot in the Nikolaev region of southern Ukraine, while another damaged a workshop used to repair damaged armored vehicles.
Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Kinzhal hypersonic missiles (Dagger) were also fired from the airspace of Crimea, the peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
Russia also hit a Ukrainian military preparation center that was stationed with foreign fighters who joined Kiev’s armed forces.
Since the invasion began on February 24, Western countries have been reluctant to send troops to Ukraine for fear it could lead to a wider conflict.
Putin has hinted that nato boots in nato would make him launch a nuclear attack.
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