Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could spark a nuclear war, according to a former NATO leader.
Former Deputy Supreme Allied Commander of NATO in Europe, General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, said that if Putin’s troops set foot in Nato territory members “will go to war with Russia”.
Speaking on Good morning England following today Putin’s declaration of cessation of war with Ukraine, General Sir Adrian warned of serious consequences if Russian troops entered Nato territory.
The invaded nation, nestled between Russia and a group of Nato states, is blocked to the East by Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria – all members .
The former Deputy Supreme Allied Commander for Europe said this morning: “It’s extremely serious – it could lead to nuclear war. We must not let that happen.”
He warned that nuclear weapons have “always been” a fundamental threat, and that Russian military commanders made no secret of it in the months leading up to today’s “special military operation” announced by Putin. early this morning.
However, General Adrian added: “But I do not think the use of nuclear weapons is particularly likely in the context of the Ukraine takeover.
“The danger of nuclear weapons is if there is a conflict with NATO, and things escalate out of control.”
“Russia has a doctrine of escalating dominance and trying to get things to a stage where we don’t dare go,” he told the host.
He coldly concluded: “It is a real danger. We must prepare for that day now.
“It’s not allowed to happen.”
It comes later Royal Navy Commander Lord West told The Sun a “miscalculation” could spark a war in Europe – could lead to a world war involving the use of nuclear weapons.
The 73-year-old said: “This is extremely dangerous. The risk of a miscalculation that could lead to a war in Europe, which could then turn into a global conflict – and its use nuclear weapons.
“Certainly Putin wants to control Ukraine – if he can do it without too much pain, he will. And the threat won’t go away.
“If he succeeds, he will be tempted to try to do something against one of the European countries.
“And that will inevitably lead to a war between Russia and NATO and inevitably lead to the use of nuclear weapons.”
Russia this morning sent about 100,000 tanks into Ukraine as people desperately tried to flee.
Long lines have formed at withdrawal points across the country, with civilians desperate to pile their pets and belongings into cars and head out of the country.
Smoke was seen billowing from Chughuev Airport in the Kharkiv region, and loud explosions were heard in the capital Kyiv, just after 5 a.m. local time.
Britain and the US are said to be about to impose more sanctions on the authoritarian Russian President.
His full-scale invasion of Ukraine all part of his stupid plan to rebuild the Soviet Union amid his paranoia and fear of Nato.
Ukrainians face the sound of explosive explosions and shrill air raid sirens as rockets, air strikes and shells fall in their homeland.
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Moments later, the first powerful explosions were reported as armored columns were discovered moving towards the border.
And this morning, just as Ukraine was assessing the damage, a second wave of missile strikes hit.
Mr. Putin coldly warned the West that there would be “greater consequences than any you’ve faced in history” if any move was made to interfere with the invasion.
Global leaders have condemned Putin and pledged to stand with Ukraine – with the world now just one misstep from what could become World War Three.
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