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US gives ‘green light’ to supply fighter jets to Ukraine but Russia threatens ‘war’ with any Nato ally hosting planes

THE US has given the “green light” to supply fighetr jets to Ukraine while Russia has threatened any Nato country hosting planes is “at war” with Russia.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said today that Nato countries have the go-ahead to send fighter jets to Ukraine. 

The US has given the green light to supply fighter jets to Ukraine[/caption]
CBS / Face the Nation
Blinken said Nato and G7 are working together to pressure Russia[/caption]

When asked whether Poland could send fighter jets to Ukraine he told CBS‘s Face the Nation: “That gets a green-light.

“In fact, we’re talking with our Polish friends right now about what we might be able to do to backfill their needs if in fact they choose to provide these fighter jets to the Ukrainians.

“What can we do? How can we help to make sure that they get something to backfill the planes that they are handing over to the Ukrainians?”

He added that NATO countries and members of the Group of 7 are “working together” to pressure Kremlin and introduce more sanctions in the coming days.

He noted however that Putin is “doubling down and digging in on this aggression against Ukraine.” 

“I think we have to be prepared, unfortunately, tragically, for this to go on for some time,” he said.

His comments come after the Russian dictator said that Western sanctions against his regime are like a “declaration of war”.

Putin also hinted at a nuclear strike if Nato forces got involved, saying it would have “colossal and catastrophic consequences not only for Europe but also the whole world”.

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He also warned that anyone who attempts to enforce a no fly zone over Ukraine will be considered to have entered the conflict.

“Any movement in this direction will be considered by us as participation in an armed conflict by that country,” said Putin.

It comes after nine aircrafts were shot down in a day with Russian pilots pleading they were just “following orders.”

Footage showed the detained pilots being with their hands behind their back and some being covered in blood.

Harrowing pictures show civilians running for their lives as Russian forces broke ceasefire for a second time.

The UK’s Ministry of Defence confirmed that Putin’s forces had promised to let people escape – but once again Russian shelling resumed before refugees could leave.

Previously Russia breached their own ceasefire agreement in Mariupol leaving 200,000 people trapped.

The Russian troops continues advancing towards the capital which remains Putin’s main objective.

Russian forces have also been accused of dropping 500kg bombs on civilians in Chernihiv.

Meanwhile, Ukraine claims that Russia has lost 11,000 troops and more than 2,000 army vehicles.

Vladimir Putin in the cockpit of a flight simulator today on a visit to Aeroflot Aviation School outside Moscow
Putin said the sanctions against Russia are like a “declaration of war”
The crackpot dictator is miles from these horrifying scenes in Ukraine
Civilians were seen running for their lives

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