Former Russian President Medvedev issued a grave warning to Britain and Germany after the two countries suggested ramping up support for Ukraine by potentially sending troops to the conflict.
British Troops Training Ukrainians Are “Legal Targets”
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak admitted, “People will know for a long time that we’ve been training Ukrainian citizens and soldiers,” before adding, “We’ve been doing that here in Britain, we’ve taken a lead on that, and lots of other countries have joined our effort and it’s making a huge difference. We will continue to do that.”
British Defense Minister Grant Shapps hinted at a strategic shift, discussing plans to relocate their soldiers’ military training and weapon production closer to Ukrainian territory, “I was talking today about eventually getting the training brought closer and actually into Ukraine,” he said.
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev issued a grim warning, stating that if British soldiers were involved in training Ukrainian forces, they would become “legal targets” for Russia’s military.
Germany Set to Deliver Advanced Missiles
Medvedev also cautioned Germany against arming Ukraine with Taurus missiles, explicitly stating that German factories producing these missiles could become targets for Russian strikes.
Medvedev argued that striking German factories would be “Compliant with international law” in a stark warning that would see NATO countries intervene.
A pivotal factor in the escalating crisis is the potential supply of Taurus missiles to Ukraine, capable of disrupting Russian defenses significantly. These advanced weapons could potentially reshape the ongoing conflict.
A member of the German defense committee argued that Germany should, “deliver Taurus immediately because with the targeted use of cruise missiles, the Ukrainian army can seriously disrupt Russian supplies.” Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as that.
Government Claims That No British Soldiers Are at Risk
Germany finds itself at a crossroads, stalling the supply of Taurus missiles because of fears that “German personnel would have to travel to Ukraine to help service and operate the complex weapon.”
If British or German soldiers were to enter Ukrainian territory, Medvedev wanted that these personnel would be “mercilessly destroyed.”
Sunak then played down the comments by Shapps to avoid any worry of conflict, saying that these plans are “something for the long term, not the here and now.”
Sunak asserted that the British soldiers wouldn’t be at risk of war any time soon, “There are no British soldiers that will be sent to fight in the current conflict,” he confirmed.
NATO Reaffirmed Support for Ukraine
After recent reports of Russian torture towards Ukrainian civilians and soldiers, global support is needed now more than ever as countries weigh up the pros and cons of sending aid to Ukraine.
NATO reaffirmed support for Ukraine while expressing a cautious approach to avoid direct confrontation with Russia.
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