BRITISH troops will be part of Nato forces in Europe to assist defend Ukraine if Russia dares to invade, Boris Johnson vowed final evening.
The defiant PM warned that any incursion will spark the worst bloodshed in Europe since World Battle Two and “many Russian moms’ sons is not going to be coming house”.
Mr Johnson mentioned the UK and its allies would reply swiftly and “in unison” to any invasion and with extreme financial sanctions.
He added: “The British Military leads the Nato battle group in Estonia and if Russia invades Ukraine, we’d look to contribute to any new Nato deployments to guard our allies in Europe.”
They’re unlikely to be fight troops however ministers refused to rule something out.
Members of the Nato alliance — together with Denmark, Spain, Bulgaria and the Netherlands — are sending extra fighter jets and warships to Japanese Europe to bolster defences within the area.
The US has additionally put 8,500 troops on alert to deploy at quick discover, which Russia mentioned prompted it “nice concern”.
It got here as ex-MI6 chief Sir Alex Youthful warned he couldn’t see a state of affairs the place Russian President Vladimir Putin “can again down in a method that satisfies the expectations that he has created”.
However the former spy chief added that Mr Putin has rejected “the one affordable compromise” of proposed arms controls and sees a free Ukraine as “an affront” to his dream of rebuilding Russia.
Mr Putin continues to disclaim he plans to invade Ukraine.
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However he has a strike power assembled within the area, which incorporates 127,000 troops, warfare jets, battleships, missile batteries, artillery and drones.
His forces have additionally been conducting coaching drills on land, sea and air.
In the meantime, Britain’s Armed Forces Minister James Heappey mentioned “vital numbers” of Russian advance forces have already crossed the border as spies.
Missions embrace covert reconnaissance of key targets for destruction and intelligence gathering on which populations will assist and which is able to resist an invasion.
Airspace above Ukraine is anticipated to close down inside days as tensions soar.
Final evening, a Russian senator vowed to chop off Europe’s gasoline in response to Mr Johnson’s risk of “coordinated and extreme financial sanctions heavier than something we have now performed earlier than in opposition to Russia”.
Vice Speaker Nikolay Zhuravlev mentioned Moscow would additionally starve Europe of oil and metallic exports if it was barred from utilizing the Swift worldwide fee system, in a transfer backed by the US and Britain however opposed by Germany.
And MPs warned that warfare might set off a whole bunch of hundreds of refugees fleeing west into the EU.
Tory MP Karl McCartney advised the Commons yesterday that an EU “distracted and filled with infighting” and unable to reply could also be “a part of Putin’s considering”.
He warned: “If this large circulate of refugees occurs, it might be the tip of the EU.”