Ukraine-Russia crisis: Johnson says Putin planning ‘biggest war in Europe since 1945’ – World News

Boris Johnson says Russia’s plan to invade Ukraine ‘has begun in some respects’ and intelligence suggests it ‘may indeed be the biggest war in Europe since 1945’

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Russia: Boris Johnson warns of ‘generation of bloodshed’

Boris Johnson has said that Russia is planning “the biggest war in Europe since 1945” according to evidence seen by the Prime Minister.

Talking to BBCThe Prime Minister added that “all indications are that the plan has begun in some respects.”

The prime minister said the plan included an invasion of neighboring Ukraine that would encircle the country’s capital, Kiev.

Mr Johnson is speaking at the annual Munich Security Summit, where he meets with NATO allies who fear a Russian invasion is underway, with Vladimir Putin estimated now between 169,000 and 190,000 troops concentrated on the border of Ukraine.

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A Ukrainian service worker on the front lines in the Donetsk region



But Mr Johnson and other world leaders remain hopeful that war can still be avoided.

Mr Johnson told the BBC: “People need to understand the costs of human life that can be incurred.

“I’m afraid that’s what the evidence indicates, there’s nothing to blame.

“The reality is that all indications are that the plan has begun in some sense.”

He added: “I’m afraid to say that the plan we’re seeing is for what could really be the biggest war in Europe since 1945 in terms of sheer scale alone.”

Russia plans to invade Ukraine not only from the east, through the Donbas, but from Belarus to the north and the area around the Ukrainian capital, the prime minister said, citing intelligence transmitted by US President Joe Biden to Western leaders.

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After a day of shelling and false flag attacks in eastern Ukraine, Western leaders warn the wheels of Russia’s war machine are turning.

Mr Johnson today dismissed reports of Russia’s withdrawal as “fake” and warned “the omens are grim”.

Mr Johnson told NATO allies at the summit: “At a time of extreme danger to the world, it is rarely more important to preserve our unity and resolve.

Patrol along the front lines outside Svitlodarsk during a day of heavy artillery shelling from separatist forces


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“After a generation of freedom, we are now staring at a generation of bloodshed and misery.”

After crisis talks with Mr Biden and the leaders of France, Germany, Italy, NATO and the EU, Mr Johnson added: “We should not underestimate the importance of this moment.”

He pledged to ban Russians from raising cash on London’s money markets and to delve deeper into the ownership of companies to punish those who really control if Ukraine is invaded.

Boris Johnson speaks during the Munich Security Conference in Germany, where he meets world leaders to discuss tensions in Eastern Europe



Mr. Johnson also called on European countries to “wean” on Russian President Putin’s oil and gas.

The UK is currently sending the aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales and 3 Commandos Brigade to the region to reinforce our 2,000 troops in Estonia and 600 in Poland. More than 1,000 soldiers are ready to provide humanitarian assistance.

Putin, who along with Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko yesterday watched the nuclear drills from the center of his situation in Moscow, continues to deny plans to invade Ukraine.

Ukrainian civilians volunteered for weapons training, some carrying their own guns and some carrying replicas ready to defend their country.


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But President Biden cited US intelligence reports that an invasion would happen this week.

Mr. Johnson gave an olive branch to Putin saying he was prepared to hold talks on the presence of NATO forces in neighboring countries with Russia.

“NATO is a peaceful and defensive alliance and we are ready to work with President Putin to prove it,” he said.

  • Mr Johnson will be on BBC One’s Sunday Morning program at 9am.

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