Vladimir Putin is preparing for a showdown with the West, and will try to “eradicate” Ukraine’s population by “making them freeze this winter”, a UK-based defense expert has warned.
Sam Cranny-Evans suggested Russia could be preparing to destroy the Kakhovka Dam in southern Ukraine partly to test “Western responses”.
Mr Cranny-Evans, a research analyst at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London, was speaking after Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu spoke with counterparts from the UK, US and France – including defense secretary Ben Wallace – yesterday.
A readout of his call with French Defense Minister Sebastien Lecornu said: “They discussed the situation in Ukraine which is rapidly deteriorating. It is trending towards further uncontrolled escalation.”
Shoigu also claimed, without providing evidence, that Ukraine was planning to detonate a so-called “dirty bomb” packed with radioactive material – prompting Tobias Ellwood, chairman of Parliament’s defense select committee, to tell Express.co.uk Putin was plotting to explode one himself and blame Kyiv in a “false flag” attack.