Former General Sir Mike Jackson has warned there is a “risk of escalation to a nuclear Second World War” amid the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. The two sides have met in recent days for peace talks, but Sir Mike has stressed that “people are being really careful” amid fears the conflict could develop into a world war. The Second World War was the first conflict in which nuclear weapons were used and Sir Mike urged a cautious approach to ensure we do not end up in a second nuclear war.
Sir Mike told TalkRADIO: “The risk of an escalation into World War Two a nuclear world war exists.
“In this case, the risks are so dire and so final that people are really careful.”
He added: “Nuclear war is I can’t find the words to describe a nuclear war that would probably risk the end of humanity because you get what’s called a nuclear winter and the sky is just full of debris and dust.
“I think in my view that anyone who is involved with the level of violence that is taking place regarding Ukraine or any other issue should be very careful.”
Military analysts say Russia has reframed its war goals in Ukraine in a way that could make it easier for Putin to claim a face-saving victory despite a woeful campaign in which his troops have suffered humiliating setbacks.
Russian troops bombarded the capital Kyiv and northern Chernihiv on Wednesday, a day after Russia pledged to scale back military operations in the two cities.
“We believe that Putin was misinformed by his advisers about how badly Russia’s military is performing and how the Russian economy is being crippled by sanctions, because his senior advisers are too afraid to tell the truth,” a US official said Wednesday. .
Russia said it was carrying out “special operations” to disarm and “denazify” its neighbors. Western countries say Moscow launched the invasion without reason.
“We have information that Putin feels misled by the Russian military,” which led him to distrust the military leadership, the US official added.
“Putin didn’t even know his military was using and losing conscription in Ukraine, indicating a clear interruption in the flow of accurate information to the Russian president.”
Russia’s defense ministry said on Wednesday that its troops were regrouping near the Ukrainian capital Kyiv and the northern city of Chernohiv to focus on other key areas and complete the “liberation” of the breakaway Donbas region, Russian news agencies reported.
The ministry’s statement came a day after Russia said it would scale back operations near Kyiv and Chernihiv to support progress in peace talks.
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But Russian attacks in both locations continued on Wednesday, according to reports from nearby Kyiv and the mayor of Chernihiv.
Boris Johnson said Britain “will certainly step up our support for Ukraine as they defend themselves”.
Asked what needed to be done for sanctions to be lifted against Russia, the Prime Minister told the Commons Liaison Committee that a ceasefire would not suffice and that it “goes straight to Putin’s playbook”.
“In my view, we should continue to intensify sanctions with a rolling program until every single troop is out of Ukraine,” he said.