Russian opposition politician Leonid Volkov has issued a chilling warning about the Kremlin’s plans as top Tory says Vladimir Putin is capable of ‘terrible, terrible violence’ in Ukraine
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Vladimir Putin will “destroy the world” if left unchecked and global leaders should prepare for Russia to deploy nuclear weapons, an opposition politician says.
Leonid Volkov, Putin’s former chief of staff for critic Alexei Navalny, has issued a chilling warning about the Kremlin’s plans and said he wants his fellow Russians to make it clear this “is not a war” our war”.
Prominent opposition leader Navalny, who has accused Putin of corruption, was poisoned with the nerve agent novichok in 2020 and then jailed upon his return to Russia in 2021.
Mr Volkov said Mr Putin was “crazy enough” to use nuclear weapons as the conflict in Ukraine continued to escalate.
He told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “It’s very clear right now that there is a huge cost to be paid to stop this war.
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“Having all the sanctions, of course, they also put a burden on the European economy is quite obvious.
“But this cost must be paid because otherwise Putin will only destroy the world.”
When asked if Putin would use nuclear weapons, Mr Volkov replied: “Since he is crazy enough, we can expect things to be unfortunate.”
Earlier, he said the war felt “extremely painful” and added: “I want to cry. Putin is the president of Russia. This is Putin’s fight, not mine.”
“I’m trying to cry as loud as I can and I’m begging my compatriots to cry.
“This is not our fight, it’s not on our behalf. He’s doing it. Not on our behalf.”
Meanwhile, the Polish president warned that Moscow could use “anything” including chemical weapons.
Andrzej Duda told BBC’s Sunday Morning: “This is something the world has not seen on this scale since the Second World War.
“If you’re asking Putin if he can use chemical weapons, I think Putin can use anything right now, especially since he’s in a very difficult situation.”
Concerns are growing that Russia is paving the way for a “fake flag” attack by blaming Ukraine for using chemical weapons before committing.
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Top Tory Michael Gove says Putin has “terrible, terrible violence” capabilities but he declined to say how the UK would react to a chemical attack on Ukraine.
However, Mr. Gove said that describing the Russian President as “crazy” is not helpful.
“I think he’s operating under a completely different set of criteria than those that you or I consider reasonable or reasonable,” he said.
“But, yeah, I don’t think it’s helpful to call Putin crazy.
“I think what we need to think about him, and really we need to acknowledge, is someone whose ruthlessness brings them into a moral sphere that the rest of us can barely understand. Okay.”
Labor leader Keir Starmer said it was clear Russia had committed war crimes in Ukraine.
He told Sky: “What I’ve seen has been tantamount to war crimes. Especially gruesome attacks on civilians.
“I think it’s very important that he is held accountable and that everyone who is working with him knows that they will also be held accountable.
“This is something that we need to clear up now so that those involved know what the consequences are.”
Asked if Nato should do more in the event of Russia using chemical weapons, he said the UK “shouldn’t speculate” in the conflict but should work “in the short term”. with allies.
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