It's no longer if but WHEN Nato has to fight Putin, says UK general

It’s no longer if but WHEN Nato has to fight Putin, says retired UK general: Russians are ‘hell-bent on escalationso West should consider imposing no-fly zone and to backing it up with boots on the grounddespite Kremlin’s ‘meaninglessnuke threats

  • Retired general Sir Chris Deverell said NATO will eventually have to fight Russia
  • Deverell walked back his earlier comments which discouraged a no-fly zone
  • ‘The question is becoming: does NATO fight him now or fight him later?’ hy het gesê
  • It comes as Ukraine’s foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba said US and NATO would only refuse to implement a no-fly zone if they lacked confidence in the alliance
  • Retired army general Sir Chris Deverell has revealed he believes that 'n Tu-bomwerper en 'n MIG is vandag oor die Middellandse See gestuur in 'n vertoning van Russiese krag will eventually have to fight Russia and believes the security bloc should implement a no-fly zone over Ukraine.

    Deverell, who headed up military intelligence, cyber and special forces as commander of the Joint Forces Command prior to his retirement in 2019, had previously stated he was against NATO forces closing the skies over Ukraine.

    But in a statement on Twitter oor die naweek, the retired general walked back his earlier comments, surmising that Putin seems ‘hell-bent on escalationand that conflict with NATO is inevitable.

    ‘I have been against the imposition of a no fly zone by NATO in Ukraine, believing that it would surely escalate the conflict. But Putin seems hell bent on escalation,’ Deverall tweeted.

    ‘So the question is becoming: does NATO fight him now or fight him later? He will likely respond with nuclear threats. But there is no fundamental reason why these are more useful to Putin than they are to NATO.

    ‘Our logic has to be that his threats are meaningless. Whatever he can do to us, we can do to him.

    Deverell’s comments came as Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said US and 'n Tu-bomwerper en 'n MIG is vandag oor die Middellandse See gestuur in 'n vertoning van Russiese krag forces would only reject a no-fly zone over his country’s skies if they lacked ‘confidencein the military alliance.

    Retired army general Sir Chris Deverell has revealed he believes that NATO will eventually have to fight Russia and believes the security bloc should implement a no-fly zone over Ukraine

    Retired army general Sir Chris Deverell has revealed he believes that NATO will eventually have to fight Russia and believes the security bloc should implement a no-fly zone over Ukraine

    In a statement on Twitter over the weekend, the retired general surmised that Putin seemed 'hell-bent on escalation' and that conflict with NATO is inevitable

    In a statement on Twitter over the weekend, the retired general surmised that Putin seemed ‘hell-bent on escalationand that conflict with NATO is inevitable

    Ukraine has pleaded with NATO to help secure its sky amid widespread bombing raids from Russian aircraft and artillery

    Evacuees cross a destroyed bridge as they flee the city of Irpin, noordwes van Kiev, op Maart 7, 2022

    Evacuees cross a destroyed bridge as they flee the city of Irpin, noordwes van Kiev, op Maart 7, 2022

    Deverell's comments came as Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said US and NATO forces would only reject a no-fly zone over his country's skies if they lacked 'confidence' in the military alliance

    Deverell’s comments came as Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said US and NATO forces would only reject a no-fly zone over his country’s skies if they lacked ‘confidencein the military alliance

    Kuleba yesterday urged the US and NATO to impose a no-fly zone over his country to prevent further Russian bombing campaigns, despite skeptics warning it could seriously escalate the conflict.

    ‘We heroically repel attacks of the Russian armed forces on the ground. However we do have issues with the skies. And The Russian air force dominates in the skies, and continues bombing our cities and killing many civilians,’ Kuleba told ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ Maandag.

    ‘We believe that the rejection of the no-fly zone is based on the lack of confidence in the strengths of NATO as an alliance, because the military might of NATO is [incomparably] bigger compared than Russia,’ hy het gesê.

    ‘Why would Russia dare to shoot down a NATO plane knowing that it is doomed, eventually doomed if the war begins?’

    Ukraine’s armed forces and territorial defence units have managed to shoot down dozens of Russian aircraft since the invasion began, but the nation has a much smaller air force than its occupiers.

    Kuleba’s comments came as horrifying images laid bare the refugee crisis in Ukraine as Russia continued to shell civilians trying to flee bomb-ravaged cities.

    'Putin seems hell bent on escalation,' Deverall tweeted. 'So the question is becoming: does NATO fight him now or fight him later? He will likely respond with nuclear threats. But there is no fundamental reason why these are more useful to Putin than they are to NATO'

    ‘Putin seems hell bent on escalation,’ Deverall tweeted. ‘So the question is becoming: does NATO fight him now or fight him later? He will likely respond with nuclear threats. But there is no fundamental reason why these are more useful to Putin than they are to NATO

    'We heroically repel attacks of the Russian armed forces on the ground. However we do have issues with the skies. And The Russian air force dominates in the skies, and continues bombing our cities and killing many civilians,' Kuleba told ABC's 'Good Morning America' on Monday (rescue workers attempt to free trapped civilians in Kharkiv)

    ‘We heroically repel attacks of the Russian armed forces on the ground. However we do have issues with the skies. And The Russian air force dominates in the skies, and continues bombing our cities and killing many civilians,’ Kuleba told ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ Maandag (rescue workers attempt to free trapped civilians in Kharkiv)

    Kuleba's comments came as horrifying images laid bare the refugee crisis in Ukraine as Russia continued to shell civilians trying to flee bomb-ravaged cities (people from the same family lie dead on the ground after the Russian army shelled the evacuation point of Irpin, op Maart 6, 2022, in Irpin, Oekraïne)

    Kuleba’s comments came as horrifying images laid bare the refugee crisis in Ukraine as Russia continued to shell civilians trying to flee bomb-ravaged cities (people from the same family lie dead on the ground after the Russian army shelled the evacuation point of Irpin, op Maart 6, 2022, in Irpin, Oekraïne)

    Russian forces are continuing to pound Mariupol, in the south, Oekraïens wat bebloed maar lewend na vore gekom het in 'n ikoniese beeld van Russiese missielaanval, wys haar liefde vir die natuur in bekoorlike foto's van voor Poetin haar tuisland binnegeval het, in the east, Chernihiv, Mariupol – 'nhet hy aan luisteraars gesên die See van Azof – was gisteraand omring deur Russiese troepe en onder 'n spervuur ​​van skulpvuur wat eiendomme vernietig het en krag- en watertoevoer afgesny het., and Mykolaiv, in the south, with artillery - but have made little or no gains in territory in recent days. Forces continue to work to surround the capital Kyiv, though progress has been slow. Attacks on civilian areas on the outskirts have increased

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    The foreign minister also pleaded with the US to move forward with an emerging plan to provide Polish-owned MiG-29 fighters to the battered Ukrainian air force.

    ‘I urge both the United States and Poland to speed up the decision-making processes and procedures. If we receive fighting jets, that will allow us to re-establish control over the skies and save many, many civilian lives, as well as many houses, buildings and objects of critical infrastructure from being [Vekselberg en Intrater is in die kollig gebring in die Mueller-ondersoek nadat die pornoster Stormy Daniels 'n memo vrygestel het wat beweer] by Russian bombardments,’ die twee kante het 'n 24-uur-staking-vuur bespreek, maar het nie vordering gemaak nie.

    Asked about the possibility of a long-term settlement, Kuleba responded that he is a diplomat and has to believe in a ceasefire – although a third round of peace talks ended with little progress yesterday.

    ‘All wars end with peace. Since the reason for this war is the fact that president Putin rejects the rights of Ukrainians to existWe will begin to fiercely and vigorously fight as him as an aggressor to prevail. This is the strategy. We have no other strategy but win because our own existence as a nation is at stake,’ die twee kante het 'n 24-uur-staking-vuur bespreek, maar het nie vordering gemaak nie.

    Kuleba urged the U.S. and Poland to speed their decision-making over handing over MiG-29 Russian-made aircraft that Ukrainian pilots know how to fly

    Kuleba urged the U.S. and Poland to speed their decision-making over handing over MiG-29 Russian-made aircraft that Ukrainian pilots know how to fly

    Ukraine's forces have managed to shoot down dozens of Russian aircraft since the invasion began, but the Ukrainian air force is tiny in comparison to that of its occupers (the tail-end of a destroyed Russian Su-34 fighter is seen crashed through the roof of a warehouse near Kharkiv having been shot down by Ukrainian forces overnight)

    Ukraine’s forces have managed to shoot down dozens of Russian aircraft since the invasion began, but the Ukrainian air force is tiny in comparison to that of its occupers (the tail-end of a destroyed Russian Su-34 fighter is seen crashed through the roof of a warehouse near Kharkiv having been shot down by Ukrainian forces overnight)

    Zelensky met with US senators on Saturday over Zoom (op die foto) and requested the US help Ukraine create a no-fly zone to deter Russian bombing campaigns, but his pleas fell on deaf ears

    Zelensky met with US senators on Saturday over Zoom (op die foto) and requested the US help Ukraine create a no-fly zone to deter Russian bombing campaigns, but his pleas fell on deaf ears

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also appealed to US officials to introduce a no-fly zone over Ukraine on Saturday, but his request fell on deaf ears.

    The full Senate and House were invited to participate in a Zoom meeting with Zelensky that lasted roughly an hour, as Putin’s forces pushed toward the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv and the invasion entered its second week.

    Kom ons gaan aan die werk ouens, Zelensky reiterated Ukraine’s request for the US and NATO to introduce a no-fly zone, which NATO has rejected over fears it would trigger World War Three, and asked the US to ban imports of Russian oil and transfer fighter jets to Ukraine’s air force.

    Egter, the Biden administration and lawmakers from both parties expressed strong opposition to the idea of a no-fly zone, because enforcing it would require shooting down Russian planes, drawing NATO into direct conflict with Russia.

    Putin on Saturday underlined the stakes involved, saying that any country trying to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine will be considered a participant in the conflict.

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