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UK warns Russia will carpet-bomb Ukrainian cities to ‘break’ them in slow and brutal siege

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said the Russia-Ukraine war would lead to sieges of key cities that US sources claim could last six weeks – but he declined to impose a no-fly zone, saying that it could lead to nuclear war across Europe.

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Russia will continue to carpet-bomb Ukraine’s cities to “break” them in a slow brutal siege, Britain warned today.

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said the built-up areas would be “indiscriminate” and “pathetic” targets in the escalating war.

“They will slowly but surely try to surround cities and then ignore them or bombard them,” he added.

“And that’s the brutality that I’m afraid we’re seeing, and it’s only going to get worse.”

Last night, a US official told CBS News that Kyiv would be under siege for a week – but it could take four to six weeks for Russian troops to take the city.

There was a standing ovation in the US Congress, where President Joe Biden said “dictator” Putin “didn’t know what was coming” during his State of the Union address.







A man clears debris from a damaged residential building in Koshytsa Street, on the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.
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The British Ministry of Defense warned that Russian air strikes and artillery continued to take place in Kharkiv, Kyiv, Mariupol and Chernihiv into the night.

More than 660,000 civilians have now fled, and UNHCR says 136 civilians have been killed – including 13 children – as of yesterday.

But President Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Defense Secretary Wallace rejected Ukraine’s offer for a no-fly zone.

Mr. Wallace warned it could lead to nuclear war across Europe.

The defense minister said that NATO forces shooting down a Russian jet would trigger Article 5 of NATO, in which all 30 member states must stand up to defend a country under attack.

“The triggering of that Article 5 would lead to a Europe-wide war against Russia. He told Sky News that was not the position NATO members were prepared to go to.







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“The question is how much Europe wants us to go to a trans-European war with Russia.

“How much the British public wants us to stand up to a nuclear-armed power who can watch escalation anyway.

“So I think we have to be realistic here.”

Mr Wallace said Britain had been at the forefront of efforts to bring Ukraine into NATO – which needed the support of all 30 countries – and train troops there.

But he added: “I’m afraid I’m not going to sit here and say I’m going to risk the rest of Europe by starting a huge, potentially continent-wide war.” .

He continued: “The no-fly zone proponents should be really clear about what they are trying to achieve and how it will be implemented. Because I don’t see them really giving any sensible details behind it. ”

Wallace said Russia would “carpet bombing”, “slowly encircle” and “bombard” Ukrainian cities with a “brutal” action.







Defense Secretary Wallace rejects Ukraine’s offer for a no-fly zone – warning it could lead to nuclear war across Europe
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He said Ukrainians are protesting strongly, with unverified reports of drones being used to bring down Russian convoys.

Regarding the Russian military, Mr. Wallace told Sky News: “So what they’re doing is trying to switch tactics.

“What you are seeing now is heavy bombardment at night. They won’t go to cities much – I’m afraid they will come as we’ve seen tragically by the looks of things, carpeted cities – indiscriminately in some cases.

“They’ll be airborne at night, not during the day because what we’ve seen is they’re shot down during the day.”

He said that the Russian doctrine “is becoming harder, tougher and more indiscriminate” in an attempt to “disrupt” the population.

But he warned that would not be the end, and that in a few months a “resistance” could emerge as in Chechnya, Afghanistan or Iraq.







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“Invading a country with overwhelming force is one thing – occupying a population of 44 million people who don’t want you in it is quite another,” he told the BBC. He added: “I am of the opinion that every day of fighting by Ukrainians is a year of resistance.

“Once you’ve stood up and pointed your rifle and defended your own sovereign nation, you can’t defuse it with ‘rehabilitation’ … that the resistance will last forever.”

The MOD this morning said that Russian forces are believed to have moved into the Kherson center to the south, but “the overall interest on the axes has been limited in the last 24 hours. This is probably due to a combination of ongoing logistical difficulties and strong Ukrainian resistance.”

“We’ve certainly seen the deployment” of weapons systems such as cluster bombs or vacuum bombs, Mr. Wallace said.

Vacuum bombs – thermobaric weapons – draw oxygen from the surrounding air to create a high-temperature explosion capable of vaporizing the human body.

Although Ukraine says vacuum bombs were used, Mr Wallace said “we have not verified their use” and would collect evidence for any war crimes trials.

“The Russians say we don’t want to be North Korea,” he added. But if they are not careful, the long-term effect on the Russian government will be isolation.”

US lawmakers stood, clapped and cheered, many of them waving Ukrainian flags and wearing the country’s blue and yellow outfits, as Joe Biden delivered his Confederate speech of the night.






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The US President announced further sanctions against Moscow, along with the EU and Canada to ban Russian aircraft from entering US airspace.

“Each of us if you can stand your ground, stand your ground and send an unmistakable signal to Ukraine and the world,” Biden said.

“Putin’s war is predestined and gratuitous. He rejects diplomatic efforts. He thinks the West and NATO won’t respond. And, he thinks he can divide us. here and at home … Putin was wrong. We are ready.”

However, in a context of confusion, the US President appears to have mixed Ukrainians with Iranians.

“To our fellow Ukrainian Americans, who have forged a deep bond that connects our two nations, we stand with you,” he said.

“Putin may surround Kyiv with tanks, but he will never capture the hearts and souls of the Iranian people.

“He will never quench their love of freedom, and he will never weaken the resolve of the free world.”

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