tions, said: "President Putin is continuing to escalate this war in a manner that is totally unacceptable."
Liz Truss, Britain's Foreign Secretary, had earlier warned any use by Russia of its tactical battlefield nuclear weapons against Ukrainian forces would represent an "extremely serious escalation" of the conflict. On Monday morning, Ben Wallace, the UK's Defence Secretary, accused Russia of posturing.
"We've looked at their posture. There isn't a significant change," he said on LBC radio, adding that the Russian leader was trying to "flex muscles" with his invasion of Ukraine bogged down. Mr Wallace said he had assured his 12-year-old son: "No, we're not going to have a nuclear war. "What I've said to him is, look, President Putin is dealing at the moment in a rhetoric, he wants to distract from what's gone wrong in Ukraine, and he wants us all to be reminded that he has a nuclear deterrent." However The Nato Chief, Jens Stoltenberg, said: "This is dangerous rhetoric and irresponsible behaviour on Putin's part."
ments in Kiev certainly have the potential to turn into such a catastrophe, for they are not
just about Ukraine. Just as the Syrian civil war reflects a wider regional struggle between Iran and
Saudi Arabia for political and religious supremacy, Ukraine finds itself the luckless victim of much
bigger forces than its own internal divisions - centuries old East/West rivalries and ambitions.
Ukraine’s disgusting kleptocracy deserves to fail; genuine democracy and rule of law in this
brutalised nation would be an overwhelmingly positive development. Yet there is something
almost Napoleonic about the idealistic fervour with which Europe pursues its eastern ambitions.
That said, the forces that turned the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand into the greatest
conflict in history simply don’t exist today. Despite occasional sabre-rattling, the world is
generally better at muddling along together than it has ever been. The big, intra and inter-regional
conflicts of the last century are unthinkable.
y troops in Bucha were a "provocation" and no resident suffered violence at the hands of Russians.
The bodies of 410 civilians found in formerly Russian occupied territory around Kyiv are being examined by forensic experts as Ukrainian prosecutors prepare war crimes cases.
On Sunday night, Mr Johnson promised to send specialist police and military investigators to help the International Criminal Court's investigations with a view to bringing charges in The Hague.
The Telegraph understands that the UK is also leading a drive within the "Five Eyes" alliance to consider sharing classified intelligence on war crimes with Ukrainian prosecutors.
Russian troops 'murderers, torturers, rapists, looters', says Zelensky
... and SURPRISE SURPRISE Germany is the main roadblock to imposing tougher sanctions on Russia, Poland's Prime Minister has said, as calls mount to punish Moscow for apparent war crimes.
YET a.n.other nail in the coffin so to speak, with regard to and respect for my long standing diatribe concerning the actions of our Lords & Masters since Severin Suzuki gave her impassioned speech to the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio.
e launch, Boris, and England is gone,” he said. “Once and for all. Why play with us?”
Putin may also hint at the potential for nuclear conflict as he stands before the heavy weaponry, including intercontinental ballistic missiles, that he returned to the Red Square parade in 2008.
“He also knows that we’re going to be listening to him, so I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s some nuclear rhetoric in there as well,” said the CNA’s Edmonds. He said he remained sceptical that Russia could use a tactical nuclear weapon in the conflict, but like others noted that the Kremlin has become more unpredictable. “If Putin sees this as becoming existential, then all bets are off the table.”
Seeing the limited potential for victory, Putin could also seek to de-escalate the conflict. Standing before his military and the country on Monday, Putin could announce that Russia has achieved its major war aims in Ukraine by allegedly destroying Ukrainian military capacity, and by taking near control of several mid-sized cities such as Mariupol and Kherson. But that may also be a tough sell, as the Ukrainian military could try to retake lost ground, leading to further losses even if Russia stakes a defensive position.
Andrew Roth THE OBSERVER for THE GUARDIAN
s”, both countries would “come to each other’s support”, whether in the event of a disaster or military attack.
What we’re saying today is that upon request from the other party, we would come to the other party’s assistance.
e you seen a soldier?” The nun replied, “He went that way.” After the military police ran off, the soldier crawled out from under her skirt and said, “I can't thank you enough, Sister. You see, I don't want to go to Ukraine.” The nun said, “I understand completely.” The soldier added, “I hope I'm not rude, but you have a great pair of legs!” The nun replied, “If you had looked a little higher, you would've seen a great pair of balls too. I don't want to go to Ukraine either."
he setback, the Kremlin and its proxies
insisted that the war would go on until President
Vladimir Putin’s goals are achieved, and they
blamed NATO and the United States for Ukraine’s
refusal to surrender.
gth to his henchmen who think he’s not been tough enough in Ukraine and to warn the plotters in Moscow that he will stop at nothing to hold onto power, no matter how many must die in the process.
His intended annexation of the areas of Ukraine now occupied by Russia means he could lawfully use nuclear weapons to defend them as they will formally be part of the Russian Federation. The fact that no other country will recognise Moscow’s sovereignty is beside the point – seen from the Kremlin, an attack on these areas with Nato munitions will be an attack on Russia itself.
hs, and banned
the Kremlin’s propaganda channel RT, and its news
agency, Sputnik. BP announced it would divest its
nearly 20% stake in the Russian oil corporation
Rosneft. Turkey declared that it would close the
Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits to the Russian
navy, stopping its vessels moving between the
Mediterranean and the Black Sea.
Sweden will send military aid to Ukraine, including
anti-tank weapons, helmets and body armour, its
prime minister, Magdalena Andersson, said on
Sunday. A rare emergency session of the UN general
assembly has been called to discuss Ukraine,
starting on Monday. Russia voted against it, but was
unable to stop it. It is likely to underline Moscow’s
global isolation. Putin’s nuclear order came at a
meeting between the president, defence minister,
Sergei Shoigu, and the chief of the general staff of
the armed forces of Russia, Valery Gerasimov.