The World Health Organization has warned Western nations that they must begin immediately stockpiling medicines and other essential supplies before an ‘imminent’ nuclear war breaks out with Russia.
Russia is now engaged in ‘a war against Nato and the West’, the European Union’s defence chief admitted this week as Canada became the 12th country to commit tanks to Ukraine.
Stefano Sannino, the secretary general of the EU’s external action service, warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin had moved beyond his initial ‘special military operation’ and was ‘moving the war into a different stage’.
Dailymail.co.uk reports: Mr Sannino was speaking as Canada became the latest country to pledge tanks and Poland said it would give an additional 60 to the 14 it has already committed to the war effort.
Spain and Norway are expected to announce how many Leopard 2s they will send to Ukraine in the coming days.
Belgium announced a new package of military aid, promising cash, missiles, machineguns and armoured vehicles, but had to admit it has no main battle tanks to match the offers from its Nato allies.
Ukraine is also seeking Western fourth-generation fighter jets such as the US F-16, although this remains an unlikely prospect.
Mr Sannino said Ukraine’s allies had been forced to increase and upgrade their military support to Kyiv in response to Moscow shifting the focus of the war to the West.
Addressing reporters in Tokyo, he said: ‘I think that this latest development in terms of armed supply is just an evolution of the situation and of the way Russia has started moving the war into a different stage.’
He added that Russia was making ‘indiscriminate attacks’ on civilians and cities. The country was desperate to gain momentum on the battlefields of eastern Ukraine before the Western tank squadrons arrive.
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