The UK revealed Russia’s plan to invade Ukraine: “Vladimir Putin will do it and it will be horrible”

Solid red lines indicate phase 1 of the operation, while dotted lines refer to the second phase (Twitter Ministry of Defence/@DefenceHQ)

The The United Kingdom revealed on Wednesday Vladimir Putin’s “battle plan” to invade Ukraine amid US and European officials on high alert for any Kremlin’s attempt to create a pretext for the attack.

While senior figures within the British government did not believe the Russian president would launch the aggression move earlier this week, analysis has changed drastically in the last 24 hours.

Although Russia insists that its troops are withdrawing, the Ministry of Defense published a map and a video explaining Putin’s plan of attack, hours after the White House warned that Moscow could use false claims of mass graves and chemical weapons production in Ukraine to justify an invasion of the former Soviet republic.

Putin during the Victory Day parade on May 9, 2021. (Sputnik/Mikhail Metzel via REUTERS)
Putin during the Victory Day parade on May 9, 2021. (Sputnik/Mikhail Metzel via REUTERS) (SPUTNIK/)

Putin concentrated troops on Ukraine’s northern border in a way that “directly threatens Kiev, the capital”said the Defense Ministry report, which showed a series of possible routes that Russian soldiers could take in an invasion that could lead them to take much of the east of the country.

The report states that Russia would attack from its own territory and from Belarus and Crimea.

The two-minute clip posted on Twitter used graphics and maps to show the “axis of advance” of Putin’s troops and the military bases from which an invasion could be launched.

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The plan of attack prioritizes quick shot of kiev, with Russian troops surrounding the Ukrainian capital from three directions. In the video, the Ministry of Defense states that “a considerable number of civilians” will die if Russia invades.

And warns: “Defense intelligence assesses that [el presidente Putin] he would be willing to suffer thousands of casualties to get what he wants.”

The report also echoed the NATO and Washington warnings that “there is no evidence” to support Russian claims that troops are withdrawing from border regions after the large-scale exercises of recent weeks.

A satellite image shows the deployment of troops and equipment at the Zyabrovka air base in Belarus, on February 10 (Maxar Technologies via REUTERS)
A satellite image shows the deployment of troops and equipment at the Zyabrovka air base in Belarus, on February 10 (Maxar Technologies via REUTERS) (MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES /)

A British government spokesman said: “All the information we have suggests that Russia could be planning an invasion of Ukraine at any time without warning.”

“However, there is still an opportunity to de-escalate and for President Putin to step back and avoid a bloody and unnecessary war”.

On the other hand, a British Ministry of Defense official told the newspaper The Times that putin “It will and it will be horrible.”

Alert for a Russian pretext to attack

It came after the US president Joe Biden predicted that Russian soldiers would invade Ukraine “in the next few days”.

Western fears focus on some 150,000 Russian troops, including about 60% of Russia’s overall ground forces, stationed around Ukraine’s borders. The Kremlin insists it has no plans to invade, but has long viewed Ukraine as part of its sphere of influence and NATO’s eastward expansion is an existential threat. A key demand in this crisis is that NATO promise never to allow Ukraine to join the alliance.

Biden planned to speak by phone Friday with transatlantic leaders about the Russian military buildup and continued efforts at deterrence and diplomacy.

The US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, revealed some US intelligence findings, part of a strategy designed to expose and preempt any invasion plans. The United States has refused to reveal much of the evidence underlying his claims.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks at the Foreign Ministers Quad meeting in Melbourne, Australia February 11, 2022. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks at the Foreign Ministers Quad meeting in Melbourne, Australia February 11, 2022. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

NATO and Washington have claimed that, instead, Russia is moving forces closer and continues to increase the number of troops, with an additional 7,000 arriving yesterday and today.

Satellite images also showed that Russia has moved some of its military equipment that was deployed near Ukraine, but other material has arrived and Moscow still has many forces and equipment near the former Soviet republica private US company said on Thursday.

Blinken told diplomats at the UN Security Council that a sudden and apparently violent event organized by Russia to justify an invasion would start the assault. Blinken mentioned a “called terrorist bombing” within Russia, a staged drone attacka fake attack, even real…using chemical weapons.”

The invasion would be launched with cyber attacks, along with missile and bomb attacks across Ukraine, he said. Blinken described the entry of Russian troops, advancing on Kiev, a city of nearly 3 million people, and other key targets.

Thursday night, US and European officials were on high alert for any Russian attempts to create a pretext for the invasion, according to a Western official familiar with the intelligence findings. Ukrainian government officials shared intelligence with allies that suggested that the Russians could try to bomb the Luhansk area in the disputed Donbas region on Friday morning as part of an effort to create a false reason to take military action, according to the official who was not authorized to do so. comment publicly.

A militant from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) watches from a frontline position at the Ukrainian armed forces separation line outside the rebel-held city of Donetsk, Ukraine, on November 19, 2019. 2021. (REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko/File photo)
A militant from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) watches from a frontline position at the Ukrainian armed forces separation line outside the rebel-held city of Donetsk, Ukraine, on November 19, 2019. 2021. (REUTERS / Alexander Ermochenko / File photo) (ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO /)

Violence spiked in a long-running standoff in that area on Thursday, which fueled concerns that it could be the spark for a wider conflict. The region has already been the scene of fighting since 2014 that has left 14,000 dead.

Separatist authorities in the Lugansk region reported a increased bombing by the Ukrainian government along the tense line of contact. Separatist officer Rodion Miroshnik said rebel forces returned fire.

Ukraine disputed the claim, saying that the separatists had bombed his forces but did not respond. The Ukrainian military command said the shells hit a kindergarten in Stanytsia Luhanska, wounding two teachers and cutting power to half the town.

Western powers scrambled to prevent or prepare for an eventual invasion.

NATO defense ministers discussed ways to strengthen defenses in Eastern Europewhile the leaders of the EU discussed how to punish Russia if it invades. Blinken and Vice President Kamala Harris are among the political, military and diplomatic leaders heading to a annual security conference in Munich where urgent consultations on the crisis will be held. Blinken also plans to meet with his Russian counterpart next week.

Russia says pullout, announced earlier this week, will take time. Russia also made a new diplomatic proposal on Thursday, giving the United States a response to offers to start talks on limiting the deployment of missiles in Europe, restrictions on military exercises and other confidence-building measures.

The response, published by the Foreign Ministry, deplored the West’s refusal to meet key Russian security demands and reaffirmed that Moscow could take unspecified “military-technical measures” if the United States and its allies continue to obstruct its concerns.

At the same time, he said that Russia was ready to discuss limits on missile deploymentrestrictions on strategic bomber patrol flights and other steps.

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Source-www.infobae.com