As far as Ukraine is concerned, the likely-inevitable conflict between Russia and themselves began days ago as a “hybrid war” whose first volley came in the form of cyber attacks against major banks and government institutions.
This week, however, things took a major turn toward a far more literal war, as pro-Russian separatists shelled a school full of Ukrainian children.
A children’s nursery has allegedly been struck by pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine, raising fears among Western powers that Moscow is plotting a “false flag” attack as an excuse to invade the country.Advertisement - story continues below
Kiev released images on Thursday morning of a badly damaged building with children’s toys on the floor, surrounded by debris following the alleged shelling by separatists forces in Stanytsia Luhanska, in eastern Ukraine.
The global community was shook.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson later claimed the attack on the kindergarten was a “false flag operation designed to discredit the Ukrainians”.
“We fear very much that that is a thing we will see more of over the next few days,” he added.
The United States, along with G-7 and NATO, have promised that any further Russian intrusion to Ukraine would come at a high price for the Kremlin, and it’s beginning to look as though Putin is about to have to pay up.