Russian invasion of Ukraine could be on scale 'not seen in Europe since WWII', UK armed forces head warns

A build-up of tens of thousands of Russian troops has raised Western fears of a new armed incursion, nearly eight years after the annexation of Crimea. Leaders believe Vladimir Putin could be preparing a multi-front offensive as soon as early 2022.

12/9/2021 12:54:00 AM

Admiral Sir Tony Radakin described as 'deeply worrying' an escalating crisis over Ukraine - where a build-up of tens of thousands of Russian troops has raised Western fears of a new armed incursion, almost eight years on from Russia's annexation of Crimea

A build-up of tens of thousands of Russian troops has raised Western fears of a new armed incursion, nearly eight years after the annexation of Crimea. Leaders believe Vladimir Putin could be preparing a multi-front offensive as soon as early 2022.

Mr Kuleba said he did not expect NATO forces to fight Russia alongside Ukrainian troops should deterrence fail, but he expected their support.He said:"What we are asking is to help us to avoid the war or if we are left with no alternative because of Russia's willingness to launch a war, then help us to strengthen our army."

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player1:06Ukraine's warning to 'Russian aggressor'The crisis is being watched closely by Admiral Radakin,who took over as chief of the defence staff at the end of last month."It is deeply worrying," he told a small group of journalists on Tuesday evening after delivering his first speech in his new post, referring to the Russian troop movements.

Image:Admiral Sir Tony Radakin has warned of Russia's threat to the UkraineRussia denies it is mobilising for military actionBritish and US officials have repeatedly said they do not know what President Vladimir Putin intends to do in Ukraine, but they believe one option is the potential for a multi-front offensive as soon as early in the New Year, involving up to 175,000 military personnel. headtopics.com

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Around half of that number is already thought to be close to the Ukrainian border."The significance of the worst scenarios in terms of a full invasion of Ukraine would be on a scale not seen in Europe since World War Two," Admiral Radakin said.

Troop movements have been coupled, Western officials say, with a spike in anti-Ukraine, pro-Russia disinformation to try to influence opinion on the ground - as happened during the annexation of Crimea and a Russia-backed conflict by separatists in the east of the country.

Russia has repeatedly denied allegations that its forces are being mobilised for military action, accusing Ukraine of being the aggressors.Image:A satellite image taken on 18 October shows a Russian troop location in Yevpatoria, Crimea. Pic: APUS threatens economic sanctions

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US President Joe Biden held a video conferenceon Tuesday with Mr Putin.The two sides said they will keep speaking at a lower level, with another discussion between the two leaders also on the cards.Washington and Moscow offered their own interpretation of the top-level discussion, which lasted about two hours. headtopics.com

Mr Biden's team said he warned his Russian counterpart that the US and its allies were preparing"strong economic and other measures" to punish Moscow should Russian forces invade Ukraine.

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