Vladimir Putin warns NATO ‘everyone will be turned to radioactive ash’ over Ukraine moves

Vladimir Putin warns NATO ‘everyone will be turned to radioactive ash’ over Ukraine moves

Vladimir Putin primed Russia for war against Ukraine today, with his media mouthpiece warning NATO to back off or “everyone will be turned to ash”.

The Russian President told military chiefs and defence ministers Moscow will take “military measures” in response to tension with the West – as his troops amass close to Ukraine.

Putin was referring to a Western bid to bolster Ukraine with weapons and military training.

He said: “In the event that the clearly aggressive line of our Western colleagues continues, we will take adequate retaliatory military-technical measures, and react toughly to unfriendly steps.

“And, I want to emphasise, we have every right to do so, we have every right to take actions designed to ensure the security and sovereignty of Russia.”

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin warned of retaliation
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Last year hundreds of British paratroopers dropped into Ukraine not far from the border with Russia.

British fighter jets have been taking part in patrols above the Baltic states, warning off Russian aerial incursions, as well as off Scotland.

Around 175,000 Russian combat forces are expected to be near Ukraine’s borders by January and pro-Russian separatists are attacking Ukraine troops daily. On the frontline in Donbas, Ukraine, Russian troops have been building up in support of pro-Russian separatists in the Donetsk and Luhansk region.

A Ukrainian service member stands in a trench on the front line near the village of Zaitseve
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Putin denies any Russian involvement in the region but it is feared he will use the conflict to justify an incursion deeper into Ukraine, threatening to bring war to Europe’s borders.

Today Dmitry Kiselyov, a media mogul known as Putin’s mouthpiece, warned US-led aggression could lead to a nuclear war.

He told NATO to back off, adding: “Otherwise, everyone will be turned into radioactive ash”.

The Mirror has recently visited the Ukraine trenches, where thousands of local troops are braced for a Russian attack.

The UK is viewed as Ukraine’s closest European NATO ally, even though the former member of the Soviet bloc is not in NATO and Britain will not officially send troops to Ukraine.

Unofficially The Mirror understands that British special forces may be acting as military advisers there alongside American special operations forces.

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