RIOT police march in Almaty, Kazakhstan, after they quelled widespread protests – with the support of the Russian military.
It comes as the Royal Navy’s new £3.2 billion aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales prepares to set sail to help Nato defend Ukraine from a possible invasion from Moscow.
Captain Steve Higham said his crew was prepared for the threat posed by President Vladimir Putin.
He added. “We understand the threat from Russia and we are ready to respond.”
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace yesterday said the West “must prepare for the worst”.
More than 100,000 Russian troops have gathered on the Ukrainian border, and President Putin has asked NATO to stop admitting new members.
US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said Moscow’s claims were “groundless”.
“We will not allow anyone to close Nato’s open door policy,” she said.
Ukraine’s military commander, General Valerii Zaluzhnyi, 48, said his forces would defend their country “until the last drop of blood”.
HMS Prince of Wales will set sail without any F-35 jets on board – relying instead on Merlin submarine hunting helicopters and drones to challenge Russia in the North Atlantic and the Baltic Sea.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/4444151/ukraine-russia-navy-aircraft-protect/ Riot police march through Kazakhstan after crushing protesters with Putin’s help