Ukraine LIVE: UK warned Putin is plotting ‘something absolutely atrocious’
Vladimir Putin is plotting “something absolutely atrocious”, a Ukrainian MP has claimed – warning Britain, led by new PM Liz Truss, to “be prepared for another crazy move”. MP Lesia Vasylenko said the recapture of Izium was a “huge strategic gain”, militarily speaking.
She told Sky News: “Ukraine is making confident advances in the north-east and the south-east of the country as well. We are making progress for our sake, but also for the sake of bringing back long-standing peace to the continent.”
However, asked what she thought Mr Putin might do next, she said: “Nobody can be in the mind of that power-crazed leader.
“Whatever it is, we have to be prepared for it – we have to be prepared for it as Ukrainians, you have to be prepared for it in the UK. And actually, people worldwide need to be prepared that something absolutely atrocious, another crazy move, can happen any time.”
Ms Vasylenko added: “For that, Ukrainians need to have the weapons to protect themselves, the ammunition in the necessary amount to protect themselves. And the West needs to be prepared to apply every sanction that there is in the book against Russia.”
Illustrating her point, Putin, speaking after a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in the Uzbek city of Samarkand, said: “The Kiev authorities announced that they have launched and are conducting an active counter-offensive operation. Well, let’s see how it develops, how it ends up.”
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