Russia on brink of ‘worst military disaster in 100 years’ as army faces collapse

The Russian army is headed for total disaster and Ukraine could drive them back before the New Year, an ex-NATO commander suggested.

General Sir Richard Shirreff, who served as Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe until 2014 and claimed that Vladimir Putin could soon find himself at the helm of his country's biggest military disaster in 100 years.

"The Russians are like the boxer trapped in the corner of the ring against a very agile opponent who punches one side and then punches the other," he said.

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"The Ukrainians pushing the Russians back to the February 23 line – the day before the war started – by the end of 2022 I think is entirely feasible."

Earlier this week a barrage of bombs was targeted at Ukraine, killing at least 19 civilians and destroying valuable infrastructure in some of the nation's most important cities, including the capital of Kyiv, in a supposed retaliation after a bomb hit a bridge linking Crimea with Russia.

However, despite the fatalities, Shirreff still believes Russia is now on the back foot, praising Kyiv's "masterclass" counter-offensive.

"I think the scene is being set for a decisive rout of the Russian Army in Ukraine." he told The Sun Online.

"The scene is setting for a collapse of the Russian army."

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This may come as welcome news, but Shirreff warned that while Putin's army may be retreating, the despot's threats – including those aimed at the West teasing nuclear war – should be heeded.

"We should take that nuclear threat very seriously – but we should not in any way blink and I am pretty encouraged by the response of the West," he said.

“But if we are promising massive retaliation in some way or other, you have to prepare for the worst case, and the worst case is being at war with Russia.

"We are dealing with crunchy political issues at the moment, but nevertheless – we might not want this war, but this war might want us. We must prepare for the worst case. This is about insurance.

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"The way to avoid a potential war with Russia is to be ready for it, and we are not ready for it.”

This comes amid reports that Putin is attempting to mass Russian troops in Russia's ally Belarus, which shares a border with Ukraine.

Belarus was also the jumping-off point for Russia's initial invasion back in February, sparking fears that Russia and its pal could be attempting a do-over of the initial invasion.

The EU has threatened Belarus' president, Alexander Lukashenko, with sanctions after the autocrat said" "Carrying out strikes on the territory of Belarus is not just being discussed, it is being planned in Ukraine."

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