Boris Johnson says Russia has plans for ‘biggest war in Europe since 1945’

Russian marines practise amphibious assaults

PA Media – Feb 20, 2022

Russia’s plan to invade Ukraine would lead to the largest conflict in Europe since the second world war, Boris Johnson has warned.

The British prime minister told the BBC he wanted people to “understand the sheer cost in human life” that an incursion into Ukraine would bring, with casualties on both the Russian and Ukrainian sides, as he continued to urged Moscow to engage in peace talks.

The UK’s foreign secretary, Liz Truss, meanwhile, used a separate interview to state that Vladimir Putin “will not stop at Ukraine”, arguing that he is looking to piece the Soviet Union back together.

The comments came as Ukraine’s military said two soldiers died on Saturday as violence between government forces and rebels escalated in the east of the country.

There are growing fears Russia could use the increase in tension in the separatist-held region as a pretext for an attack.

Johnson spent Saturday engaged in diplomatic efforts to avoid war as he warned the Kremlin during a speech at the Munich security conference of increased financial sanctions should Putin order troops across the border.

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He also told broadcasters that he believed Putin’s invasion plan was “in motion”, with the aggression in the Donbas region potentially a “prelude to bigger action”.

In other comments made while in Germany, Johnson warned that the scale of the offensive being prepared by Moscow had not been seen for almost 80 years.

He told BBC News: “The plan that we’re seeing is for something that could be the biggest war in Europe since 1945 just in terms of sheer scale.

“You’re looking at not just an invasion through the east through the Donbas, but according to the intelligence we are seeing, coming down from the north, down from Belarus and actually encircling Kyiv itself, as Joe Biden explained to a lot of us last night.

“I think a lot of people need to understand the sheer cost in human life that that could entail, not just for Ukrainians but for Russians.”

Truss, speaking to the Mail On Sunday, said the west needed to stop Moscow in its tracks or Putin would look to “turn the clock back to the mid 1990s or even before then” by possibly annexing the Baltic states – such as Estonia and Latvia – and the western Balkans, which includes Serbia and Albania.

Meanwhile, home secretary Priti Patel warned that a conflict between Moscow and Kyiv would “not just be a foreign quarrel about which we know little”.

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, the cabinet minister said the “effects would be felt here too” given the UK has previously experienced Russian cyber interference against its media, telecommunications and energy infrastructure.

Johnson held talks with a number of European leaders while in Bavaria, including meeting the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

During his speech to the annual summit, Zelenskiy was critical of what he called “appeasement” by the West in the face of Russian aggression.

“We have the right to demand to move from the appeasement policy to ensuring the guarantees of security,” he said, in a translation offered by the conference.

Zelensky at a Ukrainian forward position recently. Click to enlarge

Zelenskiy also questioned why western leaders were waiting for Russia to invade before applying sanctions, given 150,000 of Moscow’s troops were amassed on his country’s border.

The criticism comes as anxiety in the west increases that mounting instability in the Donbas region in Ukraine’s east, where government forces have been fighting pro-Russia rebels since 2014 in a conflict that has killed about 14,000 people, could spiral into a wider battle.

Rebel leaders announced a call to arms in the Donetsk and Luhansk region, while Ukraine’s military said two soldiers were killed on Saturday in a government-held part of Donetsk.

Top Ukrainian military officials also came under shelling attack during a tour of the front, forcing them to flee to a bomb shelter.

Putin and Alexander Lukashenko, the Belarus president and Moscow ally, spent Saturday watching Russian forces flex their military might during massive nuclear drills, which involved multiple practice missile launches.

It is feared the exercises are a further indication that Russia is gearing up for an offensive.

Source The Guardian via Truthseeker


3 Responses to “Boris Johnson says Russia has plans for ‘biggest war in Europe since 1945’”

  1. sovereigntea says:

    Quisling Traitor Liz Truss is pushing the BS meme of Putin’s false flag. Truss is a liar check out the photos of the nursery here.
    Note that despite reported direct hits from multiple munitions exterior pic the windows didn’t break, no scorch marks on the wall, bricks blew out not in. Inside the plastic footballs didn’t pop or even get bounced away from the “explosion”. Note the tapestry / poster on the wall not a mark on it. Note the lightweight stepladder didn’t even get knocked over by the blast. Mind you a chap with a demolition hammer might need steps to knock a hole that high in the brickwork before scattering the debris. PSYOP ! Corrupt MOD Politicians & media whores complicit.

    On a day of dramatic developments, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss flew to Kiev for crisis talks and armed forces minister James Heappey warned of a new Cold War and ‘acute competition’ between Russia and the West lasting ‘a generation or more’.

    Hours after the nursery school shelling the MoD shared a video revealing Russia’s attack strategy.

    • ian says:

      Good points S’, I saw a picture yesterday of a JCB type digger with a jackhammer attachment sitting nearby.

  2. sovereigntea says:

    DPR head says 130 mass graves of people killed during Ukraine’s aggression were found
    Authorities started a criminal probe, Denis Pushilin informed

    DONETSK, February 11. /TASS/. More than 130 mass graves of civilians that were killed during Ukraine’s aggression were found in the Donetsk People’s Republic, Denis Pushilin, the head of the self-proclaimed republic, said at a news conference on Friday.

    “On the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic alone, more than 130 mass graves of the victims of the Ukrainian aggression were found and opened,” he said. “They are mass graves of civilians that were killed during operations by Ukraine’s armed forces in the DPR in Snezhnoye, Debaltsevo, Khartsyzsk and Ilovaisk.”

    The head of the DPR said most of the dead were people aged 30 to 60 years. “Among the bodies that were retrieved were the bodies of elderly people, women and children,” he said. “People were buried in civilian clothes that they wore at the time of death – so we are talking about civilians.”

    Most of the people, whose cause of death could be established, were killed by gunshots, mine explosions and shrapnel wounds, as well as by skull injuries caused by blunt objects, Pushilin said. He said authorities started a criminal probe into these facts.

    Mass protests erupted in eastern Ukraine, where Russian-speaking population dominates, after the 2014 coup in Kiev and the ousting of then-President Viktor Yanukovich. In response, the government in Kiev started a military operation in Donbass in April 2014. Heavy shelling of residential areas, including by aircraft, prompted a humanitarian disaster in the region. According to UN data, more than 13,000 people were killed from both sides and more than 30,000 people were injured as of January 31, 2021, as a result of the armed conflict.