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Vladimir Putin warned of Ukraine invasion backlash at home in Russia: ‘Our brothers!’




Russia: Tensions with Ukraine explained

Armed Forces Minister James Heappey warned this morning that a Russian attack on Ukraine could arrive with “no notice”. Speaking on Sky News this morning, Mr Heappey warned bombs could strike in eastern Europe within minutes of Vladimir Putin giving the order. He said: “My fear is it is very imminent, that’s not to say it’s definitely going to happen.” The warning comes after the Foreign Office urged British nationals to leave Ukraine immediately on Friday.

US officials believe Russia could launch an invasion of Ukraine this week, though there remains some hope that a diplomatic solution could be reached.

Russia has surrounded Ukraine on three sides, with more than 100,000 troops amassed at the border, but has always denied that an invasion is planned.

Dr Paul Flenley, who is a senior lecturer in politics at the University of Portsmouth and an expert in Russian foreign policy, told that the consequences of any invasion would be “enormous”.

He said: “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.

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Vladimir Putin has been warned he faces hefty repercussions at home in Russia if he invades Ukraine. (Image: GETTY)

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A Russian submarine passes through Istanbul en route to the Black Sea. (Image: GETTY)

“An invasion of Ukraine and taking Kiev would just be a disaster for all that ideology that Putin has.”

After World War 2, the western part of Ukraine merged with the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, making the whole country a part of the Soviet Union.

It regained its independence in 1991 with the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Many Russians, including Mr Putin and other figures within the Kremlin, still consider Ukraine a part of Russia.

Vladislav Surkov, Mr Putin’s right-hand man, dubbed ‘the most powerful man you’ve never heard of’, said in a 2020 interview that “there is no Ukraine”.

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How Russia’s military drawfs their Ukrainian counterparts. (Image: Express Newspapers)

He said: “There is Ukrainian-ness. That is a specific disorder of the mind. An astonishing enthusiasm for ethnography, driven to the extreme.”

Though Russian is still widely spoken across Ukraine, Dr Flenley explained the country is very divided in terms of support for Russia.

He said: “Kiev is very different from eastern Ukraine, where there’s a degree of support for Russia and relative alienation from Kiev.

“But to take Kiev itself would be madness really, and would have repercussions for Russia at home.

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

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Ukrainians in military training.

Ukrainian civilians attend a military exercise amid threat of Russian invasion. (Image: GETTY)

Dr Flenley also explained that simply invading would be no easy feat for Russia: “If you’re going to invade Ukraine and take Kiev, you’ve got to not only invade, but then secure it.

“You might be able to enter Kiev and then withdraw, but to actually hold Kiev and establish an alternative government, the logistics of that are enormous, especially against resistance.”

Dr Flenley questioned whether Russian troops might have as much passion to fight as Ukrainian troops would, so any invasion would be a “great gamble”.

He said: “They’d be questioning why we are 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.”

He added: “The Ukrainian army has been re-equipped and they would resist.

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Russian troops take part in a combat exercise in Rostov. (Image: GETTY)

“So it wouldn’t be a certainty for Putin, and that’s where he would run a great risk if he actually invaded. They would resist and they would have the will.”

Despite the ongoing uncertainty, life in Kiev appears to be continuing as normal.

The Ukrainian capital is not deserted and there does not appear to be any visible preparations for a Russian invasion.

According to the BBC, there are “no signs” that anything will happen this week.

German chancellor Olaf Scholz is today visiting Kiev and Moscow in the latest Western bid to defuse the conflict.

According to Steve Rosenberg, the BBC’s Moscow correspondent, there is a “nervousness creeping in” on the streets of the Russian capital.

He said: “Some liberal voices are expressing concern that the Kremlin is taking Russia down the path to a large-scale conflict with Ukraine.

“But I think many Russians still don’t believe that a major escalation by Moscow is likely, largely because state television — which is incredibly powerful in shaping public opinion — continues to dismiss such claims.”

Ukraine has called for a meeting with Russia within the next 48 hours to explain the build-up of troops on the 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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