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Boris Johnson urges Putin to step back from ‘brought’ of war in Ukraine as Britons call to leave country now

BORIS Johnson today called on Vladimir Putin to step back from the “edge of the abyss” and avoid a bloody war in Ukraine.

The prime minister warned that the security situation was now at “very, very dangerous” and pledged that the West would “stand together” against Moscow.

Boris Johnson visited a Scottish submarine base today

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Boris Johnson visited a Scottish submarine base todayCredit: Getty
The Prime Minister will hold a series of calls with world leaders this week

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The Prime Minister will hold a series of calls with world leaders this weekCredit: Getty
Armed Forces Secretary James Heappey says Britain should get out of Ukraine now

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Armed Forces Secretary James Heappey says Britain should get out of Ukraine now

Speaking during a visit to Rosyth Shipyard in Scotland this morning, he warned an attack could happen within 48 hours.

“There are all kinds of signs that there are serious preparations for an invasion,” he said.

“We have to realize that this is a very, very dangerous and difficult situation.

“We are on the edge of the abyss, but there is still time for President Putin to step back.

“What we are calling on is for everyone to engage in dialogue and let the Russians avoid a disastrous mistake.

“What we need to do is make sure that President Putin understands the economic consequences, the political consequences of doing this.”

The Prime Minister said that the West “did not do enough” when the Kremlin annexed Crimea in 2014 and must now “learn lessons” from that.

He told European countries like Germany that they must end their heavy reliance on Russian gas if an invasion were to happen.

Boris said: “All European countries need to get Nord Stream out of the blood.

“It is understood that the food dripping under the skin of Russian hydrocarbons is causing many European economies to continue to grow.

“We need to find alternative energy sources, we need to be ready to impose some very, very serious economic consequences on Russia.”

This week, Boris will launch a new diplomatic offensive in a desperate last-minute attempt to try to avert a war.

The Prime Minister will organize a series calls with world leaders and tour Europe this weekend as he urges Vladimir Putin to “step back from the brink”.

Mr. Johnson, who is receiving daily intelligence briefings on the crisis, is keen to work with the Nordic and Baltic countries on the border with Russia.

He wants to show Putin that he will face a wall of protest if he sends troops across the border.

BRITS TOLD ‘OUT NOW’

With Europe teetering on the brink of war, the Prime Minister vowed to do all he could to prevent a Russian invasion.

It comes as Britons in Ukraine have today been given the final warning to leave the country now with a “very imminent” Russian invasion.

Bombs and rockets could fall on cities, including the capital Kiev, within minutes of Vladimir Putin giving the order to strike.

And Armed Forces Secretary James Heappey warned there was no chance for an Afghan-style airlift for stranded civilians.

British and American intelligence say the Kremlin has now moved the last of its military units into positions needed for a full-scale invasion.

Ghosts believe that Moscow potentially launching a false flag operationsuch as a mock attack on Russian citizens, to justify a war.

Mr Heappey warned today that “all conditions are in place for Russia to launch an attack” and that it “could happen without notice”.

“I’m being very, very clear to people that they should leave Ukraine now while there are commercial vehicles for them to do so, and while motorways are available for them to drive,” he said. go over the border to.

“This is not a warning about something that could happen in three months’ time. This is not a warning that will be followed by other warnings.

“This is a warning because a few minutes after Putin gives the order, missiles and bombs are likely to land on Ukrainian cities.”

Mr Heappey warned any British nationals left in the country after the war started might not be able to go out.

Ukrainian citizens are training for war

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Ukrainian citizens are training for warCredit: EPA
An instructor shows a woman how to use a Kalashnikov assault rifle, as members of the Ukrainian far-right warship train, in Kyiv, Ukraine

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An instructor shows a woman how to use a Kalashnikov assault rifle, as members of the Ukrainian far-right warship train, in Kyiv, UkraineCredit: AP
Russian soldiers exercised last month

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Russian soldiers exercised last monthCredit: AP

There will be no chance for Britain, the US and other Western countries to launch an Afghan-style rescue operation.

That’s because advanced Russian weapons like heavy artillery and fighter jets would make the skies above Ukraine too dangerous.

“Even if that’s what we wanted to do, the reality is we couldn’t,” he said.

“What you end up with is a complicated airspace full of disputes that makes it impossible for you to do that kind of rescue effort.”

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace – who yesterday cut his family vacation short because of the Ukraine crisis – will attend a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels in the coming days.

Russia has amassed a formidable force of 130,000 troops at the Ukrainian border and is said to be planning an invasion any day.

As tensions flare, the West is expected to announce a new defensive and economic support package for Ukraine within the next few days.

Giving their clearest warning yet, a Downing Street spokesman said: “The crisis on the Ukraine border has reached a critical juncture.

“All the information we have suggests that Russia could be planning an invasion of Ukraine at any moment.

“This will have disastrous consequences for both Ukraine and Russia.

“There is still room for de-escalation and diplomacy, and the Prime Minister will continue to work tirelessly alongside our allies to bring Russia back from the brink.”

This is a warning because minutes after Putin gives the order, missiles and bombs are likely to land on Ukrainian cities.

Armed Forces Minister James Heappey

Britain is arming the Ukrainians and has threatened Moscow with crippling economic sanctions if a Russian toe crosses the border.

The British military is massively increasing its military presence in NATO neighbors such as Estonia, and has sent two ships to the East Med and the Black Sea.

We now have an entire fleet of RAFs on standby ready to police the skies in the Southeast corner of Nato.

In a bombarded interview over the weekend, Mr. Wallace said some of the last-ditch diplomatic efforts to avoid war had “Munich objections” and appeasement.

He said an invasion was now “highly likely” and poured scorn on those who naively thought Mr. Putin would suddenly change hearts.

He said: “It could be him [Putin] just turned off his tank and we all went home, but there was an aura of Munich from some in the West. ”

He added that the war in Ukraine would cause a major refugee crisis in Europe.

“I certainly have a real fear of what it means for European security,” he said.

“The potential of millions of displaced people – refugees – from [one] From one European country to another, unseen since the war and likely to have a major impact.

“I worry about why a Russian president would do this when he’s not needed and what that says about him as a leader.”

WEST ‘SLEEP AT THE WHEEL’

Sources close to Mr Wallace scrambled to clarify his remarks in Munich amid the backlash – insisting he was not in the favor of allies.

Instead, they said it was a silly move against Putin, who Mr Wallace feared had decided to invade “what might happen” and defied diplomatic efforts.

Ukraine’s ambassador to the UK, Vadym Prystaiko, criticized Mr. Wallace over Munich’s comments.

“It’s not the best time for us to insult our partners in the world, reminding them of this act,” he said. [did not bring] peace but on the contrary, it buys war.

“There is panic everywhere not only in people’s minds but also in financial markets.”

Tory MP and chairman of the defense select committee Tobias Ellwood said the West had “fallen asleep” in the spin and failed to recognize the threat posed by Russia:

“We need to wake up to our responsibility, to protect the international rules-based order,” he said.

“I don’t doubt the scale of where things are going.

“This is our Cuban missile crisis, but right now it’s us who are blinking, not Putin.”

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