Putin’s ominous warning: Any country who interferes in Russia’s Ukraine invasion will face ‘consequences you have never seen’
For months now, President Biden and US military intelligence have been warning that Russia will invade Ukraine. Then this week, a senior U.S. defense official said that Russia was prepared to launch a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Wednesday.
Although Russia didn’t attack Ukraine on Wednesday as expected, President Biden was proven right this morning when Russia invaded Ukraine on multiple fronts. Just a few hours before explosions began in cities across Ukraine, Russian state television unexpectedly broadcast an address by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“I have made the decision of a military operation,” Putin said shortly before 6:00 am (0300 GMT) in Moscow. He added:
“Whoever tries to interfere with us, and even more so, to create threats for our country, for our people, should know that Russia’s response will be immediate and will lead you to such consequences that you have never experienced in your history. We are ready for any development of events. All necessary decisions in this regard have been made.”
Earlier today, citing four people familiar with ongoing deliberations in Washington, DC, NBC News reported that Biden was presented with a “menu of options” for the U.S. to carry out massive cyberattacks designed to disrupt Russia’s ability to sustain its military operations in Ukraine.
The sources told NBC News that “U.S. intelligence and military cyber warriors are proposing the use of American cyberweapons on a scale never before contemplated. Among the options: disrupting internet connectivity across Russia, shutting off electric power, and tampering with railroad switches to hamper Russia’s ability to resupply its forces.” If the plans were to be carried, this could lead to a potential war between the two nuclear nations.
You can watch the entire video of President Putin below.
Earlier Thursday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the goal of Russia is aimed at the “demilitarization and denazification” of Ukraine.
In a statement, Peskov said: “Ideally, Ukraine should be liberated, cleansed of Nazis, of pro-Nazi people and ideology,” adding that the ongoing operations would end only once these objectives have been reached. Meanwhile, there were early reports that President Zelensky has been offered safe passage if he leaves Ukraine.
As the fight intensified between the two countries, there were multiple reports that Russian troops captured the Antonov international airport just outside of Kyiv, The Times of Israel reported. But there were other reports that Ukrainian forces recaptured Hostomel airfield as tens of thousands of Ukrainians fled their homes for safety in the neighboring countries.
Meanwhile, in an emotional appeal delivered largely in Russian, Ukrainian President Zelenskyy said “You are being told that Ukraine can pose a threat to Russia.
“It was not like this in the past, it is not like this now and it will not be so in the future. You demand security guarantees from NATO. We also demand guarantees of our security – from you, from Russia, and other guarantors of the Budapest memorandum,” Zelenskyy said in a video address.
You can watch the rest of the video below.