Russia has invaded Ukraine, UK health secretary Sajid Javid said this morning, after Russian tanks, armoured vehicles and trucks were seen moving into eastern regions overnight following Vladimir Putin’s orders to deploy on what he described as peacekeeping missions.
A queue of armoured vehicles was spotted in Donetsk, the main city of one of the two so-called republics, in the early hours of this morning. No insignia were visible on the vehicles, but there’s little doubt they’re Russian forces deployed on Vladimir Putin’s orders.
At the same time, Ukraine said heavy shelling broke out along nearly all 250 miles of its frontline with the breakaway provinces, leaving two of its soldiers dead and 12 wounded in a major escalation in violence.
Sajid Javid said early Tuesday that they’re waking up to an extremely dark day in Europe and that they’ve seen that he has recognised breakaway eastern regions in Ukraine and from the reports they can already tell that he’s sent in tanks and troops and that from that they can conclude that the attack of Ukraine has started.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, speaking moments later, said the first barrage of UK economic sanctions against Russia would be announced today, though stopped short of calling last night’s move an attack, saying instead that Vladimir Putin is bent on a full-scale invasion.
Before Vladimir Putin’s order, world leaders including Joe Biden and Boris Johnson had made it clear that any Russian attack, no matter how limited, into Ukrainian territory would be deemed a fresh invasion and spark a remarkable flurry of embargoes.
But the word invasion was hardly mentioned overnight and action was limited. Joe Biden prohibited all new US trade with the breakaway regions but stopped far short of the swift and decisive response that had been threatened. White House spokesman Jen Psaki promised more sanctions will follow later today.
Joseph Borrell, the EU’s foreign policy chief, dodged the word as he promised embargoes against Russia Tuesday morning, acknowledging that Russian troops were on Ukrainian soil but added that he wouldn’t say that’s a fully-fledged attack.
Volodymyr Zelensky, president of Ukraine, also avoided it in a 2 am address to the nation in which he spoke instead of a breach of sovereignty, saying that they weren’t afraid of anyone or anything and they didn’t owe anyone anything and that they won’t give anything to anyone.
Of course, if there is a full-blown attack on Ukraine then the US and the United Kingdom will get involved, but we should just keep out of it and let them sort out their own differences, it’s not our fight, although I’m sure we wouldn’t have said this when we had World War I and II.
Still, this should not be happening because innocent men, women and children will be killed and it’s heartbreaking, and this will not end well for anyone, but unfortunately, you can’t negotiate with an obsessive pathological liar because Vladimir Putin is an absolute nutjob, and I hope that Boris Johnson has an outburst of common sense and keeps UK troops out of this mess. Although I’m guessing that he won’t because all leaders seem to need a war under their belt.
If politicians want a war, then perhaps those politicians should go first along with their kids.
Sajid Javid is the Health Secretary and he should stick to sorting out our failing NHS instead of commenting on matters that have nothing to do within his remit in a feeble attempt to enhance his leadership credentials.