Truss warns Putin 'we are prepared' for invasion as Russia to be slapped with 'sanctions'

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Truss warns Putin 'we are prepared' for invasion as Russia to be slapped with 'sanctions'

The Foreign Secretary harked back to previous Russian takeovers to warn that an invasion could “only lead to a terrible quagmire and loss of life,

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The Foreign Secretary harked back to previous Russian takeovers to warn that an invasion could “only lead to a terrible quagmire and loss of life, as we know from the Soviet-Afghan war and conflict in Chechnya”.

In the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union, Chechnya broke away from the influence of the Kremlin and declared itself independent – a move that prompted a Russian invasion in 1994.

It is estimated that within the nearly two years of warfare that followed, up to 100,000 were killed, many of them civilians.

The Second Chechen War, which rumbled on for years from 1999, was marked by terrorism, abductions and the razing of the capital city of Grozny.



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