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The Russians ‘will not get an easy ride’ if they invade Ukraine and ‘body bags and casualties’ will damage Putin reputation

by Mark Fitt Political Journalist
25th Jan 22 1:28 pm

Lord Dannatt, the former head of the British Army, believes the Russians “will not get an easy ride” if they invade Ukraine.

Lord Dannatt told Times Radio, “The Ukrainians are a proud people and their military has come on in leaps and bounds in the last few years, supported, to a fair degree, by Western equipment and training.

“There will be huge costs to the Russians if they decide to go into Ukraine, even just part of Ukraine. I think this is a factor they have to bear in mind.”

Lord Dannatt added that he believes “the Ukrainians will fight and fight hard” and there will be Russian fatalities and casualties.

“He (Mr Putin) is very powerful but he does not have universal popularity. There is quite an opposition movement to him, he said.

“If Russian television screens get filled with body bags and casualties coming back from a bloody incursion in Ukraine, that will damage his popularity and damage his standing as opposed to boosting his position – so he has got a calculation to make.”

The former Prime Minister Gordon Brown said that a “show of strength” is needed against the Russian President, Vladamir Putin.

Brown told ITV’s Good Morning Britain, “You have to be able to stand up to him (Putin). Remember the assassinations on British soil? He was going to assassinate other people if we hadn’t stood up to him. The only thing that Putin understands is strength.

“Perhaps, belatedly, the right thing to do is a show of strength from Nato and unity from Nato, and that is something that has got to be fought for and making it clear that we will not accept Russian incursions.

“I think it will be financial and economic sanctions that are going to have to be so severe that the Russian autocrats, the Russian oligarchs and Putin himself and his government is affected by them.”

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that intelligence suggest that Russia is planning a “lightning raid” on Kyiv.

Johnson said, “The intelligence is very clear that there are 60 Russian battle groups on the borders of Ukraine, the plan for a lightning war that could take out Kyiv is one that everybody can see.

“We need to make it very clear to the Kremlin, to Russia, that that would be a disastrous step.”

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