BRITAIN launched a major diplomatic offensive to get wobbly NATO allies to stand up to Russia – by backing crippling sanctions and sending more weapons to Ukraine.
Defense Minister Ben Wallace will share intelligence on the extent of President Putin’s war planning with the Dutch and German defense ministers to help bolster their resolve.
“What we want from Germany, as the largest economy in Europe, is a clear signal about sanctions,” Mr. Wallace told The Sun.
It comes hours after Poland criticized Germany for refusing to grant Warsaw permission to export “arms of German origin” to Ukraine.
And RAF transport planes carrying missiles to Ukraine were forced to make a 200-mile detour to avoid German airspace last week over fears Berlin could veto the weapons markings.
A top defense source said the plan was to “put some lead in their pencils”.
Mr. Wallace said he wanted allies to know “they have our support if they want to change aid from non-lethal to lethal”.
A Western official said the Netherlands was considering a plan to send sniper rifles and armor to help Ukraine’s armed forces.
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Britain supplied Kiev with 2,000 man-portable anti-tank weapons, and the Baltic states followed through on promises of Javelin anti-tank missiles and Stinger surface-to-air missiles.
Asked if war was inevitable, Mr. Wallace said: “Not yet.”
But officials say the road to peace is narrowing and the best hope for peace is to convince President Putin of the blood and treasure costs of an invasion.
Mr. Wallace said the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which connects Russia to Germany, is a “genuine lever that we should use for the greater good of all in Europe”.
The US has called on Berlin to abandon the £8 billion pipeline built by Russia, which could deliver up to 55 billion cubic meters of gas a year.
“It’s important for us to have a strong say on sanctions that the Russians know we’re thinking about the consequences and prepared to act,” Wallace added.
Wallace said Germany is “vulnerable” because it gets 35 percent of its gas from Russia.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said the West must think hard about sanctions, and wrote that “we must consider the consequences that this will have on us”.
If President Putin chooses the path of bloodshed and destruction, he must realize that it will be both tragic and futile,
Up to 127,000 Russian troops are concentrated within a long distance of the Ukrainian border.
The prime minister warned that that was enough for a flash attack on the capital Kiev that could happen any day.
But he warned it would be “painful, violent and bloody”.
“If President Putin chooses the path of bloodshed and destruction, he must realize that it will be tragic and futile,” he said.
“If Russia pursues this path, many sons of Russian mothers will not come home.”
Meanwhile, Russia has deployed 20 warships and an estimated 1,000 elite paratroopers amid fears they could be used for a flash attack on Kiev near the border with Ukraine.
Vladimir Putin has gathered 127,000 troops on the border of the neighboring country amid warnings of a Russian invasion could cause World War III.
Putin deployed 20 warships to the Black Sea Fleet from the Crimean ports of Sevastopol and Novorossiysk for the second time in three days.
The sources claim that their latest war games involve frigates, patrol boats, missile ships and amphibious ships over fears that a potential attack could play out on multiple ships. matrix.
“The ship’s crews will conduct a number of exercises and training in communication organization, safe maneuvering in multi-channel areas and air defense organization at sea,” a statement said. of the Black Sea Fleet said.
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In another development, the Kremlin has increased its forces on the land border with Ukraine with the deployment of 217 Guards. Parachute regiment of the 98th Airborne Division.
The deployment was reported by independent Russian researchers known as the Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT).
They pointed to a video showing the canvas-covered BMD-4M airborne combat vehicles and the BTR-MDM armored personnel carriers.
This is the first confirmed video of paratroopers moving near the border with Ukraine.
“In any large-scale attack on Ukrainian territory, the Airborne Forces must play a decisive role.”
Since then, the CIT has consulted reports that one Russian tactic could be a quick push into Ukraine, with possibly setting up a pro-Kremlin puppet government.
“We consider an attack from the territory of Belarus and/or the Bryansk region in the direction of the Ukrainian capital as at least one of the possible scenarios for Russia’s actions in Ukraine.”
Russia has held exercises with the Yars intercontinental ballistic missile transport ships lurking in the Ivanovo region, as part of the exercises of the country’s strategic missile forces.
Elsewhere, in the Rostov region, which borders Ukraine, the 150th Motorized Infantry Division held “combat readiness exercises” with more than 1,000 troops.
It comes as Boris Johnson warns of Russia’s plans for a “lightning war” that could take down Kiev amid reports of its troops was in Ukraine.
The British Prime Minister has pledged that British troops will join Nato forces in Europe to help defend Ukraine if Russia dares to invade.
Other members of the alliance – including Denmark, Spain, Bulgaria and the Netherlands – are sending more fighter jets and warships to Eastern Europe to bolster defenses in the region.
The US has also placed 8,500 troops on alert for short-term deployment, which Russia says has caused “great concern”.
Isabel Sawkins, a researcher at the Henry Jackson Society, argues that any potential conflict in Eastern Europe would not be limited to its borders.
She told The Sun: “The crisis has the potential to extend its tentacles to all parts of the world.”
Analysts say Putin is now almost certain to launch a limited offensive in the next 10 days – possibly including an attack on the population of three million in the Ukrainian capital.
The Kremlin’s mighty force of 127,000 troops, tanks, artillery and missile batteries, along with fighter jets and drones, besieged the border with its pro-Western neighbor after talks The peace settlement failed.
He’s also ready to compose favorite “war toy” War in Ukraine – including robotic tanks, kamikaze stealth drones, and parachute dogs.
He hopes a flash victory will send him home after being stymied by the thriving economy and the woes of Covid.
Military sources say 30 more trains have poured into Ukraine’s pro-Putin neighbor Belarus in recent days – and 200 more likely to follow.
The move – declared for “exercises” in Belarus – caused alarm in Kiev, just 100 miles from the Belarusian border.
The conflict could see the first combat using remotely controlled tanks and the first aerial combat between drones.
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