Since Putin gave the green light for invasion a month ago, Ukraine has come under harsh criticism from tanks and missiles as Russian forces continue their advance in major cities. Ukraine has fought back with extreme courage and bravery, with Russian troops being pushed back in some areas as rival forces fought valiantly to regain key territories. But on Friday, Matilda Bogner, head of the Human Rights Oversight Mission in Ukraine, said at least 1,035 civilians had been killed and about 1,650 injured since the Russian invasion began on February 24.
Despite being crippled by punishing economic sanctions from around the world, Putin showed no sign of taking his foot off the accelerator during the invasion of Ukraine.
Now Nile Gardiner, a foreign policy expert and former aide to Margaret Thatcher, has outlined the dire steps Putin could take next for Ukraine – even setting up concentration camps in the country.
“We must prepare for the possibility of Putin setting up concentration camps, and inflicting terrible and terrible suffering on the Ukrainian people.
“He is capable of genocide – he doesn’t care at all about human life.
“We saw savagery and barbarism on an epic scale with Putin, so we can’t underestimate what happened and what was possible.”
Mr Gardiner added: “Putin’s goal is to occupy all of Ukraine and completely sink it under Russian control.
“He doesn’t care how many people will die, even if it’s hundreds of thousands.
“There is no end to the evil this monster can commit.
“Putin and his regime have no intention of backing down – they will kill.”
After arriving at the trio of NATO, G7 and European Union summits in Brussels on Thursday, Boris Johnson accused Russia of crossing a red line to barbarism in its war with Ukraine.
The prime minister also urged the West to “tighten up the vice” in sanctions to end the brutal conflict.
He said: “Vladimir Putin has crossed the red line to barbarism.
“The tougher our sanctions…the more we can do to help Ukraine…the sooner this problem can be resolved.”
But in a bizarre attack on Johnson on the same day, the Kremlin accused him of being the most active anti-Russian leader because of Britain’s new sanctions and urged the targeting of Putin’s gold reserves.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted by state-owned news agency RIA as saying: “As for Mr Johnson, we see him as the most active participant in the race to be anti-Russian.
“This will lead to a foreign policy stalemate.”
But Downing Street hit back, with Johnson’s official spokesman insisting: “The Prime Minister is one of the most active anti-Putin leaders.
“We have no problem with the Russian people and in fact we have seen many brave protests – not least[imprisoned opposition leader]Alexei Navalny – against the Putin regime and calling on them to stop this war.”