Vladimir Putin ‘plots to dominate Europe’ with chilling warning to Finland and Sweden
Russian leader Vladimir Putin warned neighbors Sweden and Finland that there would be “military and political consequences” if they joined NATO.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova warned there would be “serious repercussions” for the two countries if they joined the military alliance.
The chilling threat to cross Putin has been issued as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine intensifies, reports the DailyMirror.
The two Scandinavian nations share a border with Russia.
At a press conference, Zakharova said: “Finland and Sweden should not base their security on undermining the security of other countries and their membership in NATO may have adverse consequences and face military and political consequences.
The Foreign Office later reiterated the threat online.
“We view the Finnish government’s commitment to a military policy of non-alignment as an important factor in ensuring security and stability in Northern Europe,” the department wrote on Twitter.
“Finland’s membership in NATO would have serious military and political repercussions.
Putin reportedly attacked Ukraine after Western countries considered the idea of the country joining NATO.
CNN reports this morning that US intelligence officials fear the capital Kyiv could fall as early as Saturday afternoon.
Russian troops were seen entering the city in the early morning.
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They had already captured the town of Melitopol in the southeastern region of Zaporizhzhya, a combination of trained troops and armed civilians managed to stave off attacks in most other areas.
The harrowing night of fighting took its toll on both sides, with estimates suggesting between 1,000 and 3,500 Russian troops were killed.
A total of 198 Ukrainians, including three children, were killed during the Russian invasion, according to the country’s Health Minister Viktor Lyashko.
Another 1,115 people were injured, including 33 children, he wrote on Facebook.
It comes as Putin is accused of bombing a nursery as more heartbreaking footage emerged last night.
The gruesome drone glides appeared to show a kindergarten, named the Sunshine Nursery, surrounded by bodies in the eastern Ukrainian town of Okhtyrka.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said the Russian bombing of a hospital was “beyond evil”.
He accused Russia of war crimes after earlier reports of attacks on orphanages.
He promised that Ukraine would send evidence of the attacks to The Hague.
“Today’s Russian attacks on a kindergarten and an orphanage are war crimes and violations of the Rome Statute,” tweeted Dmytro Kuleba, referring to the agreement that established the International Criminal Court. .
“Together with the Attorney General’s Office, we are collecting these and other facts, which we will immediately send to The Hague.
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