Well, if there were any doubts about the sort of global citizen Vladimir Putin was going to be, they’ve now been squashed.
The Russian leader, (who is about 2 political chess moves away from being a full-blown dictator), appears poised to invade Ukraine in just a matter of days, possibly choosing Christmas Eve for the unholy military action.
And, as if that weren’t enough reason to feel some sort of way about his continued moral impasses, he’s now warning the world that intervening in his plans could see them nuked.
Vladimir Putin primed Russia for war against Ukraine today, with his media mouthpiece warning NATO to back off or “everyone will be turned to ash”.
The Russian President told military chiefs and defence ministers Moscow will take “military measures” in response to tension with the West – as his troops amass close to Ukraine.
Putin was referring to a Western bid to bolster Ukraine with weapons and military training.
He said: “In the event that the clearly aggressive line of our Western colleagues continues, we will take adequate retaliatory military-technical measures, and react toughly to unfriendly steps.
“And, I want to emphasise, we have every right to do so, we have every right to take actions designed to ensure the security and sovereignty of Russia.”
Today Dmitry Kiselyov, a media mogul known as Putin’s mouthpiece, warned US-led aggression could lead to a nuclear war.
He told NATO to back off, adding: “Otherwise, everyone will be turned into radioactive ash”.
It is only a matter of days before the alleged Ukrainian invasion is set to occur, leaving the world on edge during what is supposed to be one of the most joyous times of the year.