The Ukrainian situation is rapidly escalating as Ukraine is being bombed minute by minute with many killed and the signs on the ground signal that this is only the beginning.
NATO has ordered world leaders and all military commanders to organise their armies and prepare for “a war with Russia.”
Ukraine is not a member of NATO therefore the West cannot directly defend it with troops on the ground, but they can only assist by supplying weapons and other items.
“Graduated response plans” have been activated on Thursday as there are real concerns that Vladimir Putin could be eyeing up invading NATO countries to bring back the USSR.
The UK is a member of NATO therefore the British security does not begin on the” white cliffs of Dover,” it “starts in the forests of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia,” were all formally part of the USSR.
Tens of thousands of troops have now been placed on standby with hundreds of warships fighter jets all being placed on alert status.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned, “peace on our continent has been shattered” as Russian troops targeted Ukraine by land and, air and sea on Thursday morning.
“Russia is using force to try to rewrite history, and deny Ukraine its free and independent path,” Stoltenberg said.
“Russia is using force to try to rewrite history, and deny Ukraine its free and independent path,” Stoltenberg said. “This is a deliberate, cold-blooded and long-planned invasion,” he added.
In a dark warning, General Sir Richard Shirreff who is a former senior British army officer, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, “Absolutely there is a possibility that we as a nation will be at war with Russia.
“Because if Russia puts one boot-step across Nato territory, we are all at war with Russia – every single member of the NATO alliance.
“We in this country must recognise that our security starts not on the white cliffs of Dover – it starts in the forests of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.”
On Thursday morning Vladimir Putin told world leaders that should they interfere with his invasion of Ukraine “will face consequences greater than any you have faced in history,” possibly suggesting nuclear strikes.
A Ministry of Defence (MoD) intelligence update at 4pm says Russian troops based in Belarus are now moving towards Kyiv.
The MoD update said, “Russia has conducted an air assault on an airfield on the outskirts of Kyiv” and “strikes have been delivered through a combination of Russian ground, air and sea-launched missiles and by artillery bombardment.”
The MoD update warned that the strikes had targeted military infrastructure, especially command and control and air defence installations.
They said the Ukrainian forces had “put up a staunch resistance and continue to hold key cities,” but it added that “heavy casualties have been suffered on both sides, although exact numbers are currently unclear.”