Putin 'negotiated himself into a corner' – is 'days away' from triggering war with Ukraine

Russia’s approach to Ukraine is ‘dangerous’ says Nuland

Russia has deployed nearly 100,000 troops close to the border of Europe’s second largest country. There are warnings that the threat of Russian invasion remains high without a signal that Moscow would return troops to the camps.

Tobias Ellwood said: “I am afraid that the Russian military invasion will not fail and is imminent and we have allowed this to happen.

“We had the opportunity to put in place enough weapons and personnel in Ukraine to make President Putin think twice about the invasion but we did not.

“Only President Putin knows what to do but next week will be seen as very important.”

He told MailOnline: “He will talk to himself in the corner and if Nato refuses to give in to his threats, there seems to be only one way out.”

War in Ukraine ‘days gone by’ (Photo: Getty)

    MP Tobias Ellwood walks past Westminster on his way to Parliament House

MP Tobias Ellwood walks past Westminster on his way to Parliament House (Photo: Getty)

Russia denies it is planning a coup, but says it can do so indefinitely if its demands, which include a Nato alliance promise not to accept Ukraine, are met.

U.S. officials have spent weeks trying to ensure that Europe complies with Washington’s sanctions, but no clear agreement has been reached on specific measures.

The European Union (EU) imposed sanctions on Russia during its occupation of Crimea in 2014, but the bloc was divided over its dealings with the country, which makes up about one third of the EU’s oil exports.

Ellwood’s remarks come in the wake of a massive cyberattack attack warning to “fear and expect evil” on Ukrainian government websites.


Members of the Kyiv Territorial Defense Unit are trained in the industrial area on January 15

Getty (Photo: Kyiv Territorial Defense Unit members receive factory training on January 15)

Many Ukrainians have migrated to security forces who want to give civilians military skills

Many Ukrainians have been relocated to security forces, which aim to provide military technology (Photo: Getty)

The Kiev SBU has stated that the attack is a sign of Russia’s involvement. It happened just hours after security talks ended Thursday without a win between Moscow and Western allies.

A spokesman for the White House National Security Council said it was not clear who was responsible, but Washington had provided assistance to Ukraine.

Russia has not responded but has already denied the allegations, including Ukraine.

Meanwhile, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has arranged for a three-way meeting with leaders of Russia and the United States.

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Where Russian gas goes to Europe (Photo: Express)

His chief of staff, Andriy Yermak, said his country’s “life and death” were at stake.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters of US concerns that Russia was preparing for a new war.

He said: “As part of its plan, Russia is laying the groundwork for the opportunity to create war-torn causes, including destructive and intelligence activities, by blaming Ukraine for preparing for the imminent attack by Russian troops in eastern Ukraine.”

A U.S. official said Washington had information that Russia had already appointed a group of workers to carry out “fake jobs” in eastern Ukraine.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky (Photo: Getty)

The TASS news agency reported that Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied reports if they had taken “unfounded” information.

Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, has said that Moscow hopes to resume security talks with the US, but it will depend on Washington’s response to his government’s intentions.

He said: “We on the sidelines will not allow Nato to look right at our borders, especially considering the current Ukrainian leadership style.”

Asked what Moscow meant by threatening military action if negotiations failed, Lavrov said: “The arms embargo is obvious.

“When we make decisions with weapons we understand what we mean and what we are planning.”

Videotapes released by the RIA news agency show vehicles loaded with weapons and armored vehicles in eastern Russia. Moscow operates as a means of transportation for long-term use.

Rob Lee, a military expert and colleague at the US-based Foreign Policy Research Institute, told Reuters: “This is what helps these groups move to Ukraine.”

The crisis in Ukraine began in 2013 with protests in Kiev against the decision of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to reject a major economic partnership agreement with the EU.

Violence by security forces led to several protests, forcing Yanukovych to flee the country in February, 2014.

One month later, Russian troops occupied the Crimea region of Ukraine before capturing the country.

Vladimir Putin justified the merger, saying there was a need to protect the rights of Russian citizens and Russian-speaking people in Crimea and southeastern Ukraine.

Two months after Russia’s independence from the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine, a referendum was held declaring their independence.

Since April 2014, violence in eastern Ukraine between a Russian-backed separatist force and the Ukrainian army has killed more than 10,300 people and injured at least 24,000.

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