The world has turned on Moscow as as the Ukrainian President has warned in a chilling admission that Russia could invade the Ukraine “any day.”
The German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ally Manfred Weber warned the Russian President Vladamir Putin that he is “playing with fire” as tens of thousands of troops continue to build up on the Ukrainian border.
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has suggested on Tuesday that there is now between 50,000 and 80,000 Russian soldiers bedded on the Ukrainian border.
The British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has ordered Russia for to “immediately de-escalte the situation” and warned Putin that the UK will support the “Ukraine’s sovereignty.”
Weber, the leader of the European People’s Party in the European Parliament wrote on Twitter, “#Russia is playing with fire with its military buildup towards the Ukraine border.
“The EU and the US should be extremely clear that this escalation will have consequences.
“All options for new sanctions should be on the table to prevent further conflict.”
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told a CNN film crew who visited Ukrainian troops dug into trenches that the threat of war is real.
He said, “Of course. We know it, from 2014 we know it can be each day.
“They are ready, but we are also ready because we are on our land and our territory.”
NATO have called an emergency meeting of allied Foreign and Defence Minister, and the Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg of NATO has called on the Kremlin to immediately withdraw troops.
Stoltenberg warned, “In recent weeks Russia has moved thousands of combat-ready troops to Ukraine’s borders, the largest massing of Russian troops since the illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014.
“Russia must end this military build-up in and around Ukraine, stop its provocations and deescalate immediately.”
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) chiefs have said the RAF fighter jets will patrol airspace around the Black Sea Coast in the south.
British troops from the RAF’s No 1 Expeditionary Logistics Squadron and No 2 Mechanical Transport Squadron are to leave UK bases this week and head to Romania.
There is fear that there is an imminent threat of an invasion of the Donbas region in the Ukraine as the Kremlin has deployed up to 30 battalion tactical groups with roughly 25,000 troops.
The Russian troops are also on the border with Crimea with artillery, short range ballistic missiles and tanks on the move.