Vladimir Putin has hit out at the West for sending main battle tanks to Ukraine saying, “We are not sending our tanks to their borders” and then warned “modern war will be different for them.”
The Kremlin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that in response to the West sending weaponry to Ukraine, Russia will “make greater use of its potential.”
Putin warned that Russia has something to respond with to the West sending arm supplies to Kyiv and which will “not end with the use of armoured vehicles,” threatening the possibility of nuclear weapons.
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Putin said, “Those who are dragging European countries, including Germany, into a new war with Russia, especially by irresponsibly declaring this as a fait accompli, those who expect to defeat Russia on the battlefield, apparently do not understand that a modern war with Russia will be completely different for them.
“We are not sending our tanks to their borders, but we have something to answer with. And it will not end with the use of armoured vehicles.”
On Thursday the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also sent an ominous message that Russian diplomats are working on something huge to “gain the world’ attention” for an “anniversary” attack as 500,000 Russian troops are ready “at the borders.”
Lavrov told state TV that Russia will come out from the current situation much stronger and will be better able to defend themselves.
Lavrov warned that Moscow will respond to the West sending longer range missiles and said that their support for Kyiv is playing a crucial role in how Russia responds.
Ukrainian intelligence chiefs have confirmed that around 500,000 troops will “try something” to launch a new “anniversary” attack on 24 February in Ukraine.
Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine’s national security and defence council, said, “Now they are preparing for maximum activation, and they believe that by the anniversary they should have some achievements.
“There is no secret that they are preparing for a new wave by February 24, as they themselves say.”
Reznikov said the number of Russian troops could be closer to 500,000, adding, “We do not underestimate our enemy. Officially they announced 300,000 but when we see the troops at the borders, according to our assessments it is much more.”
Ukrainian officials have warned that the country is on “the eve of a very active phase of the war,” and President Volodymyr Zelensky said this period has already “started” as Russian soldiers are “preparing for more war.”