A top former British General has warned that NATO could directly get involved with Ukraine if public pressure grows further.
Former Joint Forces Command chief General Sir Richard Barrons explained that in the 1990s in Bosnia, “it wasn’t the governments that decided” to go to war it “was public opinion” that led to that.
The Russian President Vladimir Putin has now been warned to expect a military response from NATO should “public opinion” assert they can no longer “put up with this” anymore to prevent more deaths of women children and war crimes.
NATO is being pressurised to implement a “no-fly zone” over Ukraine, if this were to happen then the UK would be engaged in “shooting down Russian planes” therefore we would be at World War III with Russia.
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General Sir Richard Barrons warned, “It does mean war with Russia.
“We might assert that this is war with Russia in Ukraine only.
“But if you think back to Bosnia in the 1990s, it wasn’t the governments that decided something had to be done, it was public opinion asserting they couldn’t put up with this on their television screens every night.
“This is going to be a really tough test.
“But the choice we’re going to have to face, if Russia doesn’t hold back, is we can either watch the slaughter of tens of thousands of Ukrainian citizens or we’re going to have to find ways to do something about it that are more urgent and decisive than sanctions.
“I think this pressure will come, this debate will occur this week if the Russian army unleashes its firepower on the civilian population.”
The British Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab said on Tuesday there are currently no plans to implement a no-fly zone over Ukraine.
Raab warned that Putin could respond to resistance in Ukraine with “even more barbaric tactics” if his early objectives fail.
Raab told Sky News, “We know that Putin will react to this, or we fear that he will react to this, with even more barbaric tactics, that’s why we must be prepared that this could be a long haul.
“This is turning into a much, much more perilous misadventure for Putin than I think he realised and it has a demoralised effect on Russia forces and it has had the effect of steeling the will of the Ukrainian people.
“That’s how we will ensure Putin fails in Ukraine and we’re there for the long haul.”