ARMED AND READY: Putin ‘doesn’t give a s*** about sanctions’ says ambassador as Russia moves attack helicopters to Ukraine border
VLADIMIR Putin “doesn’t give a s**t about sanctions” a Russian ambassador has said.
Viktor Tatarintsev was speaking as his country moved attack helicopters to its border with Ukraine, further raising invasion fears.
He bluntly warned that “the more the West pushes Russia, the stronger the Russian response will be”.
The Kremlin’s ambassador to Sweden brushed off the threat of sanctions and boasted Russia had become “more self-sufficient” in response to the ultimatums.
Tatarintsev told the Aftonbladet newspaper: “We are more self-sufficient and have been able to increase our exports.
“We have no Italian or Swiss cheeses, but we’ve learned to make just as good Russian cheeses using Italian and Swiss recipes.”
He said the punishments have allowed his nation’s economy and agricultural sector to thrive.
Meanwhile civilians in Ukraine have been preparing for an invasion by learning to fire weapons.
The country also faces being cut off by air amid reports insurers Lloyds of London will cease proving cover to airlines who fly there.
It comes after President Joe Biden warned Vladimir Putin of “swift and severe costs” after claims Moscow is planning to invade its neighbour within days.
New intelligence now suggests Russia will invade Ukraine this Wednesday, February 16, according to German newspaper Der Spiegel.
And in one of the most ominous signs of invasion yet, Putin has stationed a range of choppers on the border with Ukraine.
Information received by the Secret Service, CIA and other intelligence services has even gone as far to outline the routes that individual Russian units will take, along with the roles they will play, it reports.
Video showed choppers massing in the in western Belgorod region just 19 miles from Ukraine in one of the most ominous invasion signs yet seen.
Similar aircraft were seen at the same site in 2014 when Moscow intervened in the Donbas and annexed Crimea.
Startling videos show Ka-52 Alligators, Mi-8s and Mi-24 military attack helicopters on the move in multiple locations in western Russia.
They were spotted are seen in Belgorod, Nizhny Novgorod region, Tver, Ulyanovsk and Yaroslavl amid suspicions they are being moved to the Ukraine war zone.
Bloody conflict still looms after a crunch phone call between the two presidents ended in deadlock with 130,000 troops on the border.
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