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Russian invasion of Ukraine would be 'disaster' for Vladimir Putin's ideology




Russia: US ‘hasn’t seen a pull back’ from Putin says Blinken

Senior US officials have alleged that the Russian claim that it is moving troops away from the Ukrainian border is “false”. The Kremlin said earlier this week that it is moving troops away from the border and back to their bases after the completion of military exercises. US officials, however, claim an extra 7,000 troops have arrived in recent days, on top of the 130,000 already there. Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State, warned Russian President Vladimir Putin can “pull the trigger” at any moment.

He said: “He can pull it today. He can pull it tomorrow. He can pull it next week. The forces are there if he wants to renew aggression against Ukraine.”

Russia has repeatedly denied any plans for an invasion, with Putin again claiming on Tuesday that he does not want a war in Europe.

Putin was warned about the potential risks of any invasion by Dr Paul Flenley, a senior lecturer in politics and international relations at the University of Portsmouth.

He told that a Russian invasion of Ukraine and taking hold of Kiev would be a “disaster” for Putin’s “ideology”.

He explained: “The damage, the consequences for Russia would be enormous.

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Putin has been warned that any invasion would be disastrous. (Image: GETTY)

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HMS Diamond leaves Portsmouth to head to the Black Sea to reassure allies in the region. (Image: GETTY)

“I think the Russian population has not been prepared for an invasion of Ukraine and the consequences.

“Psychologically, the consequences would be enormous. It wouldn’t fit well with the whole rhetoric of Ukrainians as our brothers, and they should be part of a wider association.”

Putin once labelled the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union as the “greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century”.

Some 31 years on, he remains unhappy about former Soviet republics such as Ukraine parting ways from the Kremlin.

Kiev is especially important to Russia, and Putin considers Ukraine part of Russia both historically and culturally.

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A field hospital has been constructed near the Ukrainian border. (Image: Reuters)

The first Russian state called Kievan Rus was established in Kiev 12 centuries ago. Though the Russian capital has since moved to St Petersburg, formerly Petrograd and Leningrad, and later Moscow, the emotional presence of Kiev in the nation’s hearts remains.

Putin continues to label Ukraine “little Russia”, with around one third of the Ukrainian population — mostly in the eastern part of the country — speaking Russian and having more pro-Russian sentiments.

Dr Flenley said invading and establishing an alternative government in Kiev would be “madness” and have enormous repercussions at home.

He said: “People would start complaining, ‘What are we doing invading our brothers in Kiev? We’re supposed to be brothers with the Ukrainians’.”

He added: “They’d be questioning why are we invading Ukraine, especially when the body bags start going home, whereas Ukrainians would be fighting for their independence, so the passion would be much greater on the Ukrainian side.”

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Satellite images show the overview of a battle group vehicle park. (Image: Reuters)

New publicly available satellite images, captured earlier this week, show a flurry of new Russian military activity in multiple locations near Ukraine.

Maxar Technologies confirmed on Tuesday that significant activity had been detected in Belarus, Crimea and western Russia.

Helicopters were pictured as well as new deployments of ground attack aircraft and fighter bombers.

Most concerning of all is the apparent presence of a field hospital, which Prime Minister Boris Johnson said can only be “construed as preparation for an invasion”.

The ongoing instability and fear from Western leaders suits Putin, Dr Flenley claimed.

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A number of Russian fighter jets have been deployed to Primorsko Akhtarsk air base. (Image: AFP via Getty Images)

He said: “I was thinking recently that it serves Putin not to have a resolution of the situation. He’s playing the long game really.

“The longer it goes on, he’s already got a lot of what he wants — Russia is now back at the top table.

“The Americans, up until this, had largely begun to forget about Russia and were interested in China.

“Now everybody’s visiting Moscow, talking about Russia. So Putin has gone from being ignored and isolated to being in the centre of international politics.”

This was echoed by Foreign Secretary Liz Truss. She wrote in The Telegraph this week: “We must have no illusions that Russia could drag this out much longer in a brazen ploy to spend weeks more — if not months — subverting Ukraine and challenging Western unity.”

Though Putin said he does not want war, he continues to demand assurances that Ukraine will not join NATO.

He considers any expansion of the military alliance as a threat, but NATO has refused his demands so far.

Support within Ukraine is growing for the country to join NATO, according to polling conducted last month, though eastern Ukraine remains very much pro-Russia.



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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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