Ukraine LIVE: ‘Desperate!’ Putin sets sights on attacking NATO base to ‘choke off’ Kyiv

Ukraine: Zelensky warns that Putin might use nuclear weapons

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Lord Ricketts, the British Government’s first national security adviser, warned yesterday that Putin is becoming “increasingly desperate to choke off the flow of arms” to Ukraine. The former national security chief said Putin may achieve this by attacking a NATO base or aircraft or convoys heading to Ukraine. Speaking with the BBC, Lord Ricketts also said he feared the bloody war may continue for “years and years” – leaving an “open wound in the middle of Europe”. He said Putin’s army is likely looking at some way of “preventing or limiting this flow of arms into Ukraine”, which will hinder NATO countries. One of Putin’s closest allies previously warned that if Sweden and Finland joined NATO then Russia would deploy nuclear weapons and hypersonic missiles.

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