‘Demented’ Putin’s invasion could mean war for ‘whole world tomorrow’ – expert

The UK has been urged not to “back off” Russia or it could be the “end of our security” after Vladimir Putin’s troops attacked Ukraine, a security expert has warned.

The Russian President launched his attack on the neighbouring country in the early hours causing death and destruction.

Mr Putin announced the action during a televised address early on Thursday morning by saying the move was a response to threats from Ukraine.

He then issued a warning to other countries that any attempt to interfere with the Russian action would lead to “consequences they have never seen”.

Security expert Professor Anthony Glees believes Mr Putin’s threat was regarding nuclear weapons and that it “might be Ukraine today but could be all of us tomorrow”.

He told the Daily Star: “No one in their right mind wants a nuclear war but it is possible, and i say this in all seriousness, that Putin may not be in his right mind, to me he looks demented.

“To me he may even be drugged I don’t know but he has threatened us with nuclear war this morning and we must show that we are not going to back off, because if we do back off, it is effectively the end of NATO and the end of our security.”

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Reports across Ukraine have seen airstrikes cause destruction as well as reports of troops on the ground, including in the exclusion zone in Chernobyl.

Primer Minister Boris Johnson announced the “largest and most severe package of economic sanctions that Russia has ever seen” as he seeks to punish Mr Putin for ordering an invasion of Ukraine.

But Professor Glees believes the UK could also make a military difference in Ukraine along with NATO as he thinks governments should look at ways that will “frighten him”, including in the form of sanctions.

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He also feels that a combined effort with NATO forces could stop Putin “in his tracks”.

Professor Glees said: “What that (Mr Putin’s address) tells us is that Putin is saying I know you in the UK and NATO, you have got weapons, you have got troops which could make a difference and try and prevent me from what I am determined to do in Ukraine.”

He added: “We (UK) certainly have the troops, the missiles, the technology, the cybertechnology, to do serious damage to Putin’s armies attacking Ukraine on three fronts, by land, air and sea. We could do that and we need to consider doing that.

“If it comes to a conventional fight army to army, we stand a very good chance of stopping him in his tracks.”

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Russia began its attacks on Ukraine in the early hours of this morning.

Attacks have occurred all over the country with Ukrainian Health Minister Lyashko confirming 57 killed and 169 injured by Russian forces.

Russian troops have also taken over the Chernobyl nuclear power plant according to an adviser to the Ukrainian presidential office, Mykhailo Podolyak.

He said: "It is impossible to say the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is safe after a totally pointless attack by the Russians."

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"This is one of the most serious threats in Europe today."

A Russian security source told Reuters that Russia wants to control the Chernobyl nuclear reactor to signal NATO not to interfere militarily.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted shortly before the power plant was captured: "Our defenders are giving their lives so that the tragedy of 1986 will not be repeated.

"This is a declaration of war against the whole of Europe."

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