Putin plans to ‘invade Ukraine on 10 fronts’ in January sparking WW3 fears

Russia is planning a massive invasion of Ukraine across ten fronts which could commence by the end of January, according to intelligence chiefs, sparking World War Three fears.

Ukrainian Brigadier General Kyrylo Budanov, who runs intelligence in Kiev, has warned that Putin is preparing some 100,000 soldiers for the assault.

The Ukrainians have mapped out exactly how the invasion would take place, with an aerial assault involving 3,500 paratroopers on the cards.

Preparations for airstrikes, artillery bombardments, amphibious landings and land assaults across ten different locations, including neighbouring Belarus, are also said to be underway.

This comes after concerns were raised in April this year when social media footage appeared to show large scale Russian military movements in regions close to rebel-held eastern Ukraine and annexed Crimea.

Pavel Felgenhauer, an expert on the Russian military, warned at the time: "The crisis has the potential to escalate into a pan-European war, if not even a world one."

Russian officials have branded the latest reports as mere "hysteria", but Kiev insists that Putin has manoeuvred 40 "battalion tactical groups" (BTGs) to the border.

BTGs are typically deployed with a specific mission by the Russian Army.

Ukrainian intelligence also alleges that the Russians have 94,000 troops, 1,200 tanks, 1,600 pieces of artillery, 330 aircraft, 75 warships, and six submarines in the region.

Speaking to The Military Times, Budanov warned that any conflict would be more devastating than anything seen between the two countries in the past seven years.

He dismissed the idea that the cold could delay an attack, saying "it is no problem for us and the Russians", and predicted it would occur by the end of January or the beginning of February.

He also said that Putin would try to undermine Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky by stoking unrest in the country.

The Ukrainians already blame Russia for the ongoing anti-vaxx protests and border crisis with Belarus.

Budanov said: "They want to make the situation inside the country more and more dangerous and hard and make a situation where we have to change the government.

"If they can’t do that, than military troops will do their job."

US defence secretary Lloyd Austin met with Ukrainian officials in Washington last week amid reports that US intelligence supports Ukraine's assessment of the situation.

He said: "We are not sure exactly what Mr. Putin is up to.

"But these movements certainly have our attention. And I would urge Russia to be more transparent about what they are up to take steps to live up to the Minsk agreements."

There have also been reports that officials in the UK are growing increasingly concerned with the murmurings from Eastern Europe.

Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Sunday: "The ones who are accusing us of some kind of unusual military activity on our own territory are themselves sending their armed forces from across the ocean.

"I mean the United States of America. It’s not very logical and not very decent."

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