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Europe warned to ‘rearm’ and ‘prepare for war’ as Russian troops make landmark gain

19th Feb 24 1:46 pm

Vladimir Putin’s troops have made a major breakthrough in Ukraine which has left European leaders to scramble urgently to discuss the landmark gain.

European leaders have been warned over the real potential there could now be a war across Europe as the continent “must rearm.”

For the last two years Putin’s troops have been engaged in fierce fighting to capture the key city of Avdiivka, this has now fallen which has now given Moscow the upper hand.

Ukrainian forces withdrew from Avdiivka on Saturday and the Putin hailed the capture as an “important victory.”

The Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement on Saturday that the Defence Minster Sergei Shoigu had told Putin of the victory during a meeting at the Kremlin.

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The Russian Ministry said Avdiivka was a “powerful defensive hub” for Kyiv’s forces and the capture of the eastern city will “move the front line away from Donetsk [city],” therefore reducing Kyiv’s ability to target Russia’s stronghold.

Kremlin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov told news agencies, “The President congratulated our military and fighters on such an important victory, on such a success.”

Days after being appointed in charge of the Ukrainian military, Oleksandr Syrskii said on Saturday, “I decided to withdraw our units from the town and move to defence from more favourable lines in order to avoid encirclement and preserve the lives and health of servicemen.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said, pulling out troops “was a professional decision that will save many Ukrainian lives.”

“Our actions are limited only by the sufficiency and length of range of our strength,” he added, whilst pointing to the situation in Avdiivka.

Former Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier warned Europe “must rearm” regardless of whoever the next US president maybe.

Barnier said on X, “Whoever the next President of the United States may be, simply by drawing the conclusions from Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, we must rearm!

“In each of our European countries and at EU level, we need to spend and invest more, and spend better by pooling our programmes and our research.

“We must avoid duplication and, at last, dare to adopt a genuine industrial policy for armaments. Buy European!

“We need a European defence capability that is autonomous and mutually supportive into the NATO framework, as envisaged in the Saint-Malo Declaration of 1998!”

Dmitry Medvedev has warned that if Russia is defeated and they are forced to return to their 1991 border, that this will lead “towards a global war” with the West.

Medvedev who is the deputy chairman of the Security Council of Russia warned, “Attempts to return Russia to the borders of 1991 will lead to only one thing.

“Towards a global war with Western countries using the entire strategic arsenal of our state. In Kyiv, Berlin, London, Washington.”

Medvedev said that the West must allow Vladimir Putin to have the parts of Ukraine that he believes is now Russia.

He said, “It’s better to return everything [to us] before it’s too late. Or we will return it ourselves with maximum losses for the enemy. Like in Avdiivka. Our warriors are heroes!”

He carried on with his rant1 saying that that the German and British Defence Secretary’s are “***holes who believe the world cannot afford a Russian victory in the war, he said on his Telegram channel.”

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