Putin orders mass mobilization and could declare new world war in days, British defense secretary warns
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The Russian President Vladimir Putin could declare a new world war in a matter of days, British Defense Secretary warned.
The warning comes after Russia said the invasion of Ukraine is likely to end in a nuclear world war.
The UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace warned that the Russian president could use traditional Victory Day celebrations on May 9commemorating the end of World War II, to summon troops for a “war against the Nazis of the world.”
He also said that Russia’s occupation of Ukraine risks becoming “a kind of cancerous tumor” that needs to be removed.
The State broadcaster RT editor Margarita Simonyan noted during a broadcast that the Russian president was “more likely” to launch a nuclear attack than allow himself to lose the war.
Putin paraded his military might through Moscow and St. Petersburg in a rehearsal for Victory Day.
Chilling images show the might of the Russian army rolling through the cities, with tanks and nuclear missile launchers.
Onlookers took selfies with military vehicles and troops, even as thousands of their soldiers were killed and hundreds of their tanks and planes were blown up in Ukraine.
Wallace told LBC radio’s Nick Ferrari: “I wouldn’t be surprised if he will probably declare on May 1 that ‘we are now at war with the Nazis of the world and we need to mobilize the Russian people en masse.’
“Putin, who has failed in almost every objective, can try to consolidate what he has.”
“We have to help the Ukrainians keep the momentum going by pushing them back.”
Wallace also said that the UK would continue to supply weapons to the kyiv government and that it was looking to provide anti-ship missiles.
Western countries have been providing aid, weapons, and equipment to the country, stopping short of sending troops or imposing a no-fly zone.
Earlier this week, Moscow threatened to attack military targets in the UK and Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said strikes could be authorized against NATO member states.
“Do we understand correctly that, in order to disrupt the logistics of military supplies, Russia can attack military targets on the territory of NATO countries that supply weapons to the kyiv regime?”
“After all, this directly leads to deaths and bloodshed on Ukrainian territory. As I understand it, Britain is one of those countries.”
Yesterday Moscow launched more threats against the West.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “The tendency to inject weapons, including heavy weapons, into Ukraine are actions that threaten the security of the continent, provoke instability.”
However, Wallace said he was “unperturbed” by Putin’s threats, adding that NATO forces “outnumber and outgun” Russia.
He told LBC Radio: “I don’t feel disturbed by it.
“Because we have strong Armed Forces and nuclear deterrence and we are part of a NATO partnership of 30 nations that outguns it, outnumbers it and potentially has every capability at our disposal.
“I am not afraid of him. I think we should be very grateful in this country that we have a nuclear deterrent, I think that’s a very important part of their calculations. “There are many, as we know, who have wanted to get rid of him (Putin) over the years.
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