Senior Tory MP Tobias Ellwood has warned a Russian invasion of Ukraine is ‘inevitable and imminent’.
The stark warning comes after a large-scale cyber attack on Ukraine left much of the country without heat, light and access to money.
Experts now believe it was an attempt by Vladimir Putin to destabilize the former Soviet state before an actual invasion.
Mr Ellwood told the Daily Mail: “I fear a Russian invasion is inevitable and imminent and we have allowed this to happen.
‘We had the opportunity to place enough equipment and troops in Ukraine to make President Putin think twice about invading, but we didn’t.’
He added: ‘Only President Putin knows what he will do next, but next week looks very important.
‘He negotiated himself into a corner and after Nato refused to bow to his threats, there seemed to be only one option left.’
In a follow-up tweet, the Chairman of the Commons Defense Committee wrote: ‘Russia is on the verge of an invasion. And again will try to redraw the map of Eastern Europe. History will ask – why don’t we learn from history? ‘
Foreign Minister Liz Truss condemned Russia’s military buildup on Ukraine’s border and called on Moscow to “stop aggression”.
She tweeted: ‘Russia is carrying out a disinformation campaign aimed at destabilizing and justifying an invasion of its sovereign neighbor Ukraine.
‘Russia must stop being aggressive, downplay, and engage in meaningful negotiations.’
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace also said a Russian invasion would violate “the most fundamental freedoms and sovereignty”.
Giving a warning to Moscow, Mr Wallace said there would be ‘consequences’ of any aggression against Ukraine.
Tensions on the Ukrainian border continue to grow, with the US proposing a ‘false flag operation’ being prepared.
Mr. Wallace met with his Nordic counterparts last week to discuss Russia’s continued aggression and military build-up of 100,000 troops on the Ukrainian border.
The Defense Secretary said: ‘The UK and our Nordic partners are united in our approach to maintaining European security.
“My discussions this week directly revolved around deepening bilateral relations, mutual security, and the consequences of Russia’s aggression toward Ukraine.
‘Our discussions made it clear that a Russian invasion of Ukraine would be a strategic mistake, a violation of the most basic of freedoms and sovereignty.’
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