NATO’s Ukrainian intervention could trigger a ‘nuclear exchange’ | World | News
General David Leakey has warned of the UK and US putting boots on the ground in Ukraine. The former British army commander believes a NATO intervention against Russia could lead to “a major escalation” and could also risk an all-out nuclear swap.
General Leakey told LBC: “Usually the one thing the government absolutely shouldn’t do is put boots on the ground in Ukraine and there’s a very good reason not to.
“If you put British or American or NATO troops, or even European troops in Ukraine, fighting Russian troops, then you put a commander, you triggered a major escalation in the conflict.
“And that escalation leads up to the nuclear exchange, potentially, and the NATO tripwire, which has been reinforced all around Ukraine in the Baltic states and Romania and Bulgaria is there to remind Putin so far, but no further, otherwise you risk a much bigger conflict and that’s a risk.”
He added that mass resistance by ordinary Ukrainians could make life so “uncomfortable” for Russian forces that they would withdraw.
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General Leakey told LBC: Ukraine is a country of 44 million people and if enough of them make Russians’ lives uncomfortable, they will go, and Russians know that from experience, let’s face it- the in Afghanistan and we know from our experience in Afghanistan.
“If enough people are making life so uncomfortable for the officials, it’s not just the soldiers, it’s the officials trying to run it, then they’ll have to go.
“Now the question arises then if you’re mounting a war, if you’re mounting a campaign, you never want to do it, thinking you might come second, you always have to think you’re going to win it.
“It will be on Putin’s mind and the question then is whether Putin will step up and what steps he will take to brutalize the Ukrainian people in such a way that their resistance fails.
Mr Wallace told Sky News: ‘I think he’s certainly done a lot of irrational things recently.
He added, “I think I’m not going to speculate what he would or wouldn’t do, but that’s why we keep all of our deterrents at a state of readiness in the West.”
Britain’s Ministry of Defense said on Monday that Russia’s advance on Kiev had been slowed by logistical failures and fierce Ukrainian resistance,
“The essence of [President Vladimir] Putin’s ground forces remain more than 30 km north of Kyiv, their advance having been slowed by Ukrainian forces defending Hostomel airfield, a key Russian objective for the first day of the conflict,” the ministry said. .
Logistical failures and fierce Ukrainian resistance continue to thwart the Russian advance.”