Russia has warned NATO and the US against deploying more troops into Eastern Europe as Moscow will “respond appropriately.”
On Monday Andrei Kartapolov, who heads the Russian parliament’s defence committee warned NATO against sending any war ships or fighter jets to the Baltic region.
NATO warned Russia on Monday that they are sending war ships and fighter jets to Eastern Europe and that the US, “has also made clear that it is considering increasing its military presence in the eastern part of the Alliance.”
The US President Joe Biden is currently considering options to send thousands of US troops to Eastern Europe should “things deteriorate.”
However, a senior US administration official said that troops and some assets could be positioned in Eastern Europe “in the coming days,” this could be the tipping point for Russia.
The British Prime Minister warned Vladamir Putin on Monday that should Russia invade the Ukraine it would be “disastrous” which will be a “painful, violent and bloody business.”
This comes as the British Foreign Office have already started to withdraw their staff from the Embassy in Kyiv.
There are fears that the Kremlin are on the verge of an imminent full scale attack against the Ukraine.
On Sunday the Ukraine’s ambassador in London, Vadym Prystaiko warned that the risk of all out war is “extremely high” as Russia has more than 100,000 troops near the border with heavy artillery and thousands of missiles and fighter jets.
Prystaiko said, “We will fight to the death. Unfortunately, so many people in our nation will die but we’ll try to get as many Russians, as they come.
“We are gathering the forces but we are not that well equipped for the prolonged fight with the Russians.”
British defence chiefs are finishing evacuation plans for 1,000 Brits who are in the Ukraine as Special Forces are already in the country and the `6 Air Assault Brigade have been placed “on standby.”
A Ministry of Defence source said that elite British units will fly to the Ukraine on RAF transport planes to evacuate Brits.
A source said, “If Russia invades, the situation in Ukraine will deteriorate rapidly.
“Britons still there will need help to escape. We have to be prepared for anything. Units are on standby.”
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned the Kremlin that an invasion of Ukraine would be “met with a severe and united response.”
Russia has been accused of plotting a pro-Moscow leader as the new head of the Ukrainian government by the British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss.
Truss named the former Ukrainian MP Yevhen Murayev as a potential new leader Kremlin candidate to take over in Kyiv, which Moscow has dismissed as “nonsense.”
Truss said, “Russia must de-escalate, end its campaigns of aggression and disinformation, and pursue a path of diplomacy.
“As the UK and our partners have said repeatedly, any Russian military incursion into Ukraine would be a massive strategic mistake with severe costs.”