THE war in Ukraine is at a “very precarious juncture” and the Russians are regrouping for an “overwhelming final attack,” the chief of the Air Force Staff has warned.
Sir Mike Wigston insisted Conflict is “far from over” but the next few weeks could be a turning point for the ailing nation, as Putin’s troops withdraw and prepare for their next bloody attack.
And he admitted that it would be “logistically possible” for Britain to send armored tanks or other machines to Ukraine if Boris Johnson gives the green light.
Yesterday the prime minister said he was “certainly examining what further military assistance we can provide” while NATO allies consider how to increase it resistance of Ukraine.
The air force chief insisted the conflict was the biggest geopolitical realignment since the end of World War II – and that European, Russian and world relations would never be the same again.
He said: “These are historic shifts in Europe’s geopolitics – and we are witnessing them now.
“The geopolitics of Europe has changed as fundamentally today as it did in 1945.”
It would put us in an “uncontrolled escalation” with the potential for a direct conflict with Russia – and Brits live at stake – he said.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace will join him on Friday at the edge of the Black Sea in Constanta to watch Britain engage in a scramble and flyby with American, Italian and Romanian allies in a major show of force against Russian forces.
General Sir Mike said the ad was a direct message to Putin: “Do not extend this conflict to NATO countries.
“The Luftwaffe is holding this line.” 130 NATO fighters on 30 bases stretch from northern Norway down to Cyprus in the ‘defense arm’ protecting western Europe from Russia.
120 British RAF personnel deployed in Romania – just 200km from Ukraine – alongside four British Typhoons until at least August.
Some of them are Britons as young as 22 who have to decide in a split second whether to respond to Russian aggression overhead.
The RAF provides Ukraine with specialized training, logistics and humanitarian aid – “as important as armored fighting vehicles,” he argued.
“Guns, Guns, Guns”
It comes after Kiev’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba insisted the only thing he wanted to see was “guns, guns, guns” when he met with European ministers yesterday.
General Sir Mike praised the “heroic” Ukrainian air force that fended off Russian jets and warned that the brief respite as troops pull out of Kyiv and other major cities would be short-lived and Russia braced for another push against that Ukraine would prepare.
He stressed: “Everything indicates that this is an operational reset moment for the Russians.
“We must not lose sight of the size of the Russian armed forces and their willingness to simply throw down human lives.
“The next few weeks are precarious and we should realize that this war is far from over and Russia will attack again.
“They’re backing into an overwhelming final attack, which they’re no doubt hoping for.
“Ukraine must be ready to defend itself again – it won’t end in three weeks.” Dictator Vladimir Putin’s willingness to give his life has led to a conflict that is “barbaric, inhuman and illegal in almost every respect ‘ he criticized.
Asked if he had ever seen such a foreign power, Sir Mike said: “Not to that extent, it’s just appalling what’s happening.”
And whether Britain could help Send tanks or other armored vehicles to Ukraine to help push back Putin’s troops, he admitted: “There is a huge land border with Ukraine. Logistically it is possible.
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