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Brutal storm to hit UK and Russia on edge of war — but spooky report was from 32 years ago




Staggering footage of Burns day storm destroying Britain in 1990

The Met Office has issued a “stay indoors” warning with Storm Eunice set to move in with winds reaching 100mph on Friday. It comes after Storm Dudley left thousands without power and caused travel chaos on roads and train lines. The outfit has also issued a “danger to life” amber warning covering almost the whole of England for Friday.

The intensity of the storm has been contrasted with the infamous Burns Day storm which caused devastation across the UK.

Beginning on January 25, 1990, it was one of the worst storms the UK had experienced in living memory, seeing winds of 107mph in Aberporth, Wales.

Such was its intensity that it became known as Cyclone Daria.

A harrowing report from BBC Two at the time showed scenes of chaos, with roofs swept off of buildings and scaffolding thrown off tower blocks.

Towards the end of the report came an even more sobering message: news of the threat of war from Russia as the Soviet Union went through the process of dissolution.

Storm Eunice: The storm has been compared to the Burns Day Storm during Soviet disarray

Storm Eunice: The storm has been compared to the Burns Day Storm during Soviet disarray (Image: GETTY/BBC/Youtube)

Strong winds: Some infrastructure has already been destroyed due to strong winds

Strong winds: Some infrastructure has already been destroyed due to strong winds (Image: GETTY)

The news presenter said: “The Kremlin’s iron fist approach in its warring republics won an uneasy peace and a threat of war.”

Today, the West believes Moscow has plans for an imminent invasion of Ukraine as it continues to add troops to a figure thought to exceed 100,000 personnel, all stationed along its shared border with the former Soviet state.

While Russia denies the claims, arguing that it is simply defending itself against NATO’s eastward expansion, many experts claim an invasion is part of Russia’s wider security strategy.

While the events mentioned in the 1990 report are far different from today, the parallels of war are chilling.

Back then, Moscow had been blighted by the process of the dissolution of the Soviet Union — which began in 1988 — and was slowly losing its iron grip over its territories.

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Storm Dudley: It left thousands without power and caused travel chaos

Storm Dudley: It left thousands without power and caused travel chaos (Image: GETTY)

Seven days before the report, on January 19 and 20, an event called “Black January” took place in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.

Here, responding to activities by the Azerbaijani independence movement to overthrow the Soviet Azerbaijani government, Russian troops marched on the city and killed around 147 civilians and injured a further 800.

General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party Mikhail Gorbachev and defence minister Dmitry Yazov asserted that military law was necessary to thwart efforts by the movement.

Before this, a visit by Gorbachev to the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius on January 11 to 13 provoked a pro-independence rally attended by an estimated 250,000 people.

Other Baltic nations Estonia and Latvia soon pushed back against Soviet rule, each declaring independence from the union.


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Black January: Mourners gather to commemorate the bloody event

Black January: Mourners gather to commemorate the bloody event (Image: GETTY)

Berlin Wall: The fall of the Berlin Wall is widely seen as a major turning point of the period

Berlin Wall: The fall of the Berlin Wall is widely seen as a major turning point of the period (Image: GETTY)

Soviet Russia faced similar disruption across its territories, including in Ukraine, which saw a hundreds of thousands strong human chain form between Kiev, Lviv, and Ivano-Frankivsk in protest.

And in Central Asia, anti-government riots took place in Tajikistan, while discontent simmered in the region’s other republics.

While smaller clashes broke out, no wider-scale war with Russia occurred.

The Soviet Union eventually dissolved and fell on December 26, 1991.

Iron Curtain: The Soviet Union's Iron Curtain in Europe

Iron Curtain: The Soviet Union’s Iron Curtain in Europe (Image: Express Newspapers)

The day before, in what came to be seen as the pivotal moment, the Soviet flag was lowered and replaced by the Russian flag above the Kremlin.

Today, many argue that President Vladimir Putin wants to reestablish his country’s former union, and is slowly doing so by extending his sphere of influence.

Professor Julian Lindley-French, an internationally recognised strategic analyst and advisor in defence, who has worked with NATO, told that current events in Ukraine were “part of Putin’s wider European security strategy” — first getting a hold of Ukraine, then turning Belarus into a puppet state.

He said: “He’d then be influencing the states in the Black Sea region, and coercing even NATO and EU countries like the Baltic states, like Finland, like Bulgaria and Romania.

Ukraine: Ukrainian military in position near the border

Ukraine: Ukrainian military in position near the border (Image: GETTY)

“Irrespective of their affiliations of the EU and NATO, Russia would have demonstrated that it can achieve its objectives to coerce other countries to do what it wants, to be compliant with its aims.”

Asked whether he believed Russia wanted to reclaim its former territories, he said: “The key word there is reclaim: in terms of President Putin, much of this is about his legacy.

“This is a man who was a KGB lieutenant colonel in the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall; he feels that Russia was humiliated.

“So yes, he would love to reestablish what he describes as a buffer, what is in reality is a sphere of influence over much of the area around his border from Norway in the North Cape to the Chinese border.”



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'This is huge' Swedish Air Force jet deployed over Belarus border in threat to Putin




The Scandinavian country is not a member of NATO, but could be ready to trade in its neutral status in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

News of Stockholm’s decision to send a jet was revealed by twitter user Jamming.

They wrote: “Swedish Air Force Korpen active over Poland border area with Belarus.

“Sweden part of surveillance of Belarus and Ukraine!!!

“This is a huge political statement! Update on SwAF Korpen.”


The Gulfstream IV aircraft was tracked taking off from Linking airport and then flying towards the city of Grodno in western Belarus.

It was flying at an altitude of just under 12,000 metres at a speed of 836 kilometres per hour.

Although Sweden is not a NATO member, it is an “enhanced opportunity partner” of the military alliance.

The government also signed a statement in 2018 pledging to strengthen its defence cooperation.

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson rejected calls by opposition parties earlier this month for the country to join NATO.

She argued that such a move would further destabilise Europe.

Her statement came in the wake of threats from Moscow that NATO membership would bring “serious military-political consequences” for Sweden.

However, there is growing public support among Swedes for their country to join the transatlantic military alliance.

A poll conducted in late February by broadcaster SVT found that 41 percent of the public supported NATO membership, while thirty-five percent were against.

It was the first time an opinion study in Sweden had found more people in favour of the country joining NATO than were against it.



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Putin humiliated: Russia tries and fails to capture defiant Ukraine village for tenth time




Russia has tried and failed to capture the village of the Chornobaevka ten times, according to Ukrainian presidential adviser Aleksey Arestovich. Videos shared by Ukrainian officials online showed the “tenth defeat of the Russian invaders in Chornobaevka”. The continued failures to capture the village comes as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said last night that his country’s forces had “dealt powerful blows” to the Russian military.

Mr Arestovich told a press conference that Russian troops had tried to take Chornobaevka for the tenth time, but the assault again ended in failure.

Following this, the head of the nearby Mykolaiv Regional State Administration Vitaly Kim published a video showing “the defeat” as explosions erupt on the outskirts of the village.

The resolute village has become famous in Ukraine for its defence, as President Zelensky commended Chornobaivka last weekend for fending off six invasions at the time.

He said: “Ukrainian Chornobaivka will go down in war history. This is a place where the Russian military and their commanders have shown themselves for who they truly are – incompetent, capable of simply handing over their people for slaughter.

“Our military has annihilated the invaders near Chornobaivka six times.

“Six times, yet they keep coming back.”

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Online users ridiculed the latest Russian failures and hailed the Ukrainian defiance, with one Reddit user remarking: “At some point, I think every military intelligence outfit looking at this must be wondering how bad the rot is in the Russian military.”

One user visavillem added: “So this is the 10th time. Are Russians trying to bait Ukrainians to waste ammo with some obsolete/broken equipment, or are they really so stupid, that they keep stepping on the same rake again and again?”

Another user on Reddit adfgqert posted: “The Ukrainian people have resolve and determination that is beyond what I think is normal.

“Beyond inspirational and they bring fighting for what they believe in to a new level for me.” 

This comes amid ongoing setbacks for Russian military forces in the south of the country.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Russia had withdrawn most of its helicopters from a strategic airport in Kherson, in southern Ukraine, according to satellite images.

Kherson has also been the site of several local protests against the occupying Russian soldiers.

The official said: “We can’t corroborate exactly who is in control of Kherson but the point is, it doesn’t appear to be as solidly in Russian control as it was before.

“That would make it very, very difficult for them to make any kind of ground movement on Odesa.

“That would be a significant development, no question about that, in terms of the southern part of the war.” 


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