As the Russian invasion of Ukraine intensifies, another threat has been sent out as Vladimir Putin warns Sweden and Finland about crossing him to join NATO
Vladimir Putin has threatened Sweden and Finland with ‘ military and political consequences’ if they join NATO.
Maria Zakharova, Russia’s foreign ministry spokeswoman, says there will be serious repercussions for their close Arctic neighbours.
As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine intensifies, they have sent out another warning about crossing President Putin.
Both Scandinavian nations share a border with Russia.
Zakharova said during a news briefing: “Finland and Sweden should not base their security on damaging the security of other countries and their accession to NATO can have detrimental consequences and face some military and political consequences.”
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Later, the foreign ministry reiterated the threat online.
“We regard the Finnish government’s commitment to a military non-alignment policy as an important factor in ensuring security and stability in northern Europe,” the department wrote on twitter.
“Finland’s accession to NATO would have serious military and political repercussions.”
Putin is understood to have attacked Ukraine after western nations examined the idea of the country joining NATO.
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CNN this morning report that US intelligence officials fear capital Kyiv could fall as early as Saturday afternoon.
Russian troops were seen entering the city in the early hours.
They have already captured the city of Melitopol in the southeastern Zaporizhzhya region, a combination of trained troops and civilians baring arms have managed to stave off attacks in most other areas.
The harrowing night of fighting has taken a great toll on both sides, with estimates suggesting between 1,000 and 3,500 Russian soldiers have been killed.
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A total of 198 Ukrainians, including three children, have been killed amid the Russian invasion according to the country’s Health Minister Viktor Lyashko.
A further 1,115 people have been wounded, among them 33 children he wrote on Facebook.
It comes as Putin stands accused of bombing a nursery as more heartbreaking footage emerged last night.
The horrifying drone slips appeared to show a kindergarten, named the Sunshine nursery, surrounded by bodies in the eastern Ukrainian city of Okhtyrka.
The unprovoked invasion of neighboring Ukraine by Russian forces on the command of President Vladimir Putin has sparked bloodshed and chaos.
With Putin’s troops shelling cities across Ukraine and the nation’s army vowing to fight to the death to defend their land, observers fear the death toll will be enormous.
So far, it has been confirmed by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky that 137 civilians and military personnel they were killed in the country on the first day of the Russian invasion.
In an address to his people, Mr Zelensky revealed to further 316 had been wounded in the fighting.
The death toll is set to rise as, on the night of February 25, Ukraine’s deputy defense minister Hanna Maliar claimed nearly 3,000 Russian servicemen had died during the first two days of the deep invasion
She wrote in a Facebook post that “the troops of the invading country have suffered the following losses (approximately) as of 3pm Friday”, before going on to list “up to 80” tanks; 516 “armored combat vehicles of various types”; 10 planes; seven helicopters and 2,800 “special staff” she claims were among the losses suffered by Russia.
Meanwhile, the official Twitter page of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine claimed in a tweet that “today the number of losses from the occupying forces of the Russian Federation is more than 1 thousand.”
These claims have not yet been independently verified.
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Russain shelling of a hospital was “beyond evil”.
He accused Russia of war crimes after earlier reports of attacks on orphanages.
He promised Ukraine would send evidence of the attacks to The Hague.
“Today’s Russian attacks on a kindergarten and an orphanage are war crimes and violations of the Rome Statute,” Dmytro Kuleba tweeted, referring to the agreement that established the International Criminal Court.
“Together with the General Prosecutor’s Office we are collecting this and other facts, which we will immediately send to the Hague.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.