29 Sep 2022

Dangerous escalation as Russia to forcibly annex large part of Ukraine

Europe Editor and Presenter

In Kyiv they’re digesting the news from Moscow that President Putin will sign the annexation papers of a chunk of Ukraine the size of Greece, occupied in the war.

And this will happen tomorrow, earlier than expected in line with a ceremony on Red Square.

This violent redrawing of the map of Europe is of course rejected by Kyiv and Western governments.

It is also accompanied by threats from the Kremlin that any attacks on this newly annexed territory will be treated as an attack on Russia itself. NATO and Russia are not at war with each other.

But judging from the rhetoric inside Russia it sometimes feels as if they already are.

Produced by: Heidi Pett