The world warns Vladmir Putin to step back from the brink of ‘violent’ invasion of Ukraine as the US prepares to fold 50,000 troops

BORIS Johnson last night urged President Putin to back down from the brink of a “painful, violent and bloody” invasion of Ukraine.

The prime minister has warned of Russia’s plans for a “lightning war” that could hit the capital Kiev.

Boris Johnson warns President Putin to step back from the brink of a'painful, violent and bloody' invasion of Ukraine

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Boris Johnson warns President Putin to step back from the brink of a ‘painful, violent and bloody’ invasion of UkraineCredit: AP
Defense Secretary James Heappey warned that there were figures with Russian military links in Ukraine - pictured here is Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

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Defense Secretary James Heappey warned that there were figures with Russian military links in Ukraine – pictured here is Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky
Analysts say Putin is now almost certain to launch a limited offensive over the next ten days - possibly including one on the population of three million in the Ukrainian capital.

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Analysts say Putin is now almost certain to launch a limited offensive over the next ten days – possibly including one on the population of three million in the Ukrainian capital.

Nato has sent fighter jets and battleships to the conflict zone as President Joe Biden considers a plan to send 50,000 US troops into Eastern Europe to prevent a bloodbath.

Fears of World War Three spiked as Britain and the United States sent diplomatic staff out of Kiev amid fears of a fearsome escalation of a superpower.

The Prime Minister last night held a frantic late-night phone call with the leaders of the US, France, Germany, Poland and NATO to discuss the deteriorating situation – but intense war is not yet inevitable. .

Writing in the Sun today, Defense Secretary James Heappey warned that there were figures with military links between Russia and Ukraine in Ukraine.

But he said Britain was fully behind Ukraine in the same way it supported Poland during World War II and said the Prime Minister had sent them “more than warm words”.

Boris has ruled out sending British troops to the war but will provide arms support to Ukraine and support a series of Western economic sanctions against Russia.

And Mr Heappey said: “Being British is about helping others and protecting those who are defenseless. That’s why we turned to Poland for help in 1939.

“Ukraine needs our help. That is why the Prime Minister has made the decision to send them more than warm words.”

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Putin has 127,000 troops, tanks, artillery and missile batteries along with fighter jets and drones besieging the border with his pro-Western neighbor after peace talks failed.

He hopes a flash victory will spur him back 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.

It comes amid fears the conflict will push already record gas prices even higher if Russia cuts off European access.

Government insiders believe that Russia will phase out gas and gasoline if the West imposes sanctions.

The prime minister has fired his toughest response yet at ruthless strongman Putin, warning that any advance into Ukraine would face force and crippling economic sanctions.

The prime minister stressed that “consciousness can still win” despite bleak intelligence, but any war could be the “new Chechnya” as Ukrainians will not give in without a war.

“There are 60 Russian combat groups on the border of Ukraine,” he told reporters.

The plan for a flash war that could bring down Kiev was one that everyone could see.

“We need to make it clear to the Kremlin, to Russia, that it would be a disastrous step. Invading Ukraine, from Russia’s perspective, would be painful, violent, and bloody business.

“And I think people in Russia need to understand that it could be their new Chechnya.”

‘NEW CHECHNYA’

Russia tried to take Chechnya in 1994 with overwhelming fire – but lost some 14,000 troops in just 20 months in a brutal guerrilla war.

Analysts say Putin now almost certainly will launch a limited offensive in the next ten days – possibly including an attack on the population of three million in the Ukrainian capital.

The British Foreign Office said it would withdraw about half of its staff and their families in Kiev “in response to the growing threat from Russia” – but will remain open for essential business. weak.

Washington has ordered the families of diplomats to leave, warning Invasion of Russia could come “at any time” – but emphasize this is not an evacuation.

The US State Department also warned people not to travel to Ukraine or Russia.

Yesterday, Mr. Biden was weighing a dramatic tactical reversal after a messy speech last week in which he appeared to give the green light to a limited invasion of Russia.

Pentagon sources say he is considering flying up to 50,000 troops, supported by battleships and fighter jets, to Eastern Europe to counter any Russian attack.

Nato said Denmark and Spain are also sending planes and ships to Eastern Europe – and France is considering sending more troops in a new move to confront Putin’s bully.

Russia responded by warning it would “respond appropriately” to any US move and again denied that it was planning an invasion.

But the latest satellite photos show thousands of soldiers and military vehicles lined up around the border as camps and makeshift hospitals are fully stocked.

Putin’s commanders are now waiting for a bitter cold winter to freeze the ground to allow the tanks to launch an attack – as temperatures across Ukraine dropped to -8 degrees Celsius last night.

But Ukrainian volunteers training in a snow park in Kiev yesterday pledged to fight “to the last breath and bullet” in a guerrilla war – and to send thousands of body bags to Russia. .

Western tensions increased further yesterday when Russia ordered naval drills just outside the territorial waters of Ireland, about 150 km from the west coast of the country.

Foreign ministers gathered in Brussels and announced plans to transfer £1 billion by Ukraine to fund defense efforts against Russia.

And Foreign Minister Liz Truss also held crisis talks with Nato leader Jens Stoltenberg at the alliance’s headquarters in the Belgian capital.

She warned Germany and other EU nations that they needed to get rid of Russian gas to really hit Moscow.

Shares fell 55 billion pounds

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THE FTSE 100 yesterday lost £55 billion as gas prices escalated amid rising tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

London’s leading stock index fell 2.6% to 7,297.15 on fears the conflict will derail the post-pandemic recovery.

“The risk of an escalation of conflict in Ukraine’s European stock markets has decreased sharply,” said Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at financial firm CMC Markets.

“There are concerns that a conflict on the edge of Europe could upset the long-term recovery,” said Hargreaves Lansdown analyst Susannah Streeter.

UK wholesale gas prices jumped more than 17% yesterday, threatening to further increase energy bills.

Analysts at Goldman Sachs warn they could hit record levels if the conflict affects supply to Europe.

Boris Johnson fired his toughest response yet at ruthless strongman Putin, warning that any advance into Ukraine would face force and crippling economic sanctions.

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Boris Johnson fired his toughest response yet at ruthless strongman Putin, warning that any advance into Ukraine would face force and crippling economic sanctions.Credit: AFP
A soldier launches a rocket grenade during a military exercise in Russia

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A soldier launches a rocket grenade during a military exercise in RussiaCredit: Reuters
Ukrainian army prepares for a Russian invasion in freezing temperatures

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Ukrainian army prepares for a Russian invasion in freezing temperaturesCredit: Getty
The US aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman is ready

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The US aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman is readyCredit: Getty – Contributor
Russian tanks arrive in Ukraine's pro-Putin neighbor Belarus

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Russian tanks arrive in Ukraine’s pro-Putin neighbor BelarusCredit: East2West
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