July 24, 2024

Russia vs Ukraine: What are the odds of the conflict turning into World War 3?

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Russia vs Ukraine: What are the odds of the conflict turning into World War 3?
Russia vs Ukraine: What are the odds of the conflict turning into World War 3?
  • Frank Gardner
  • BBC News security reporter

Russian President Vladimir Putin

credit, Environmental Protection Agency

Let’s turn to the chase: Are we witnessing a prelude to World War III?

Let’s face it, that’s what many people are asking and thinking in light of the Kremlin’s recent actions against Ukraine – which have drawn a wave of condemnations and Western sanctions.

The answer is no. Despite the dire situation on the border between Russia and Ukraine at the moment, one cannot imagine a direct military confrontation between the military North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Russia.

Indeed, when the United States and the United Kingdom watched Russia gather a force capable of invading Ukraine, they quickly withdrew a small number of their military advisors.

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