Ben Wallace has flown to Washington as fears skyrocket about Vladimir Putin’s next show of force. The eighth month of war in Ukraine has seen significant losses to Russian forces and changes within Putin’s chain of command. This includes new commander Sergei Suvorikin – dubbed “General Armageddon” – who is preparing to evacuate Kherson City in the face of a Ukrainian counteroffensive.
Changes in staffing point to shifting strategy by the Kremlin – and many fear a significant loss of territory could prompt a nuclear response.
Last month, the despot threaten to use all means at his disposal to protect Russian “territorial integrity” ahead of illegal annexations of land in Ukraine.
A security source told The Sun: “The threat has increased recently.” It comes as Armed Forces Minister James Heappey said the conversations Mr Wallace would be having with his American counterparts were “beyond belief”.
There has been speculation that Putin could detonate a nuclear bomb over the Black Sea in order to force NATO to back down.
A Defence Ministry spokesperson was tight lipped about the details of the talks, noting that Ukraine would be discussed.
The spokesperson said: “The Defence Secretary is in Washington DC to discuss shared security concerns, including Ukraine. He will be visiting his counterpart at the Pentagon and senior figures at the White House.”
Pentagon spokesman Brigadier General Patrick Ryder said that Mr Wallace and Lloyd Austin, the US secretary of defence, discussed, so far, the “support to Ukraine by our two nations”.
Following the meeting, it was announced that the West would send more rockets to Kyiv in order to help Ukraine defend itself against the Iranian drones used by Russia.
For more than a week, Ukrainian cities have been bombarded by the drones, which can be launched from more than 1500 miles away.
Ukraine’s President Zelensky has said that more than 30 percent of the nation’s power stations have been destroyed by the strikes as Moscow attempts to inflict blackouts and terror ahead of winter.
On Twitter, Mr Zelensky blasted “another kind of Russian terrorist attack” after missiles hit plants, relay stations and waterworks across the country, including in Kyiv.
Strikes against power supplies were also recorded in Kharkiv, Mykolaiv, Dnipro and other cities.
The strikes appear to signal a new tactic from Russia attempting to deprive Ukrainians of water, electricity and heating.
In the last week, more than 100 drones have struck power and sewage plants, residential buildings, bridges and other urban targets, according to the Ukrainian foreign ministry.
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Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of President Zelensky’s office, warned of the “critical” threat to Ukraine’s power grid and water supplies from the drone attacks.
He added: “It’s necessary for the country to prepare for electricity, water and heating outages.”
There have also been reports that Iranian advisors have been seen in Crimea, potentially to help Russian soldiers using the drones.
The move shows the growing closeness between the two nations – Tehran seems to be one of Putin’s last allies on the world stage.