It seems like 1939 once more in Europe, says Poland’s Donald Tusk | EUROtoday

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Europe is an a “pre-war era” paying homage to 1939 and no one will really feel secure if Ukraine is defeated by Russia, Donald Tusk has warned

“For the first time since 1945, war in Europe is becoming ‘real’ again,” he stated.

Mr Tusk, a former president of the European Council and lately elected prime minister of Poland, stated Vladimir Putin was escalating his struggle on Ukraine, attacking Kyiv with hypersonic missiles in daylight for the primary time earlier this week.

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“We have not experienced a situation like this since 1945,” he stated in a collection of interviews with newspapers together with The Republic and World on Sundaywherein he instantly appealed to Europe’s leaders to do extra to bolster its defences.

“We are in a pre-war era. And if Ukraine is defeated by Russia, nobody in Europe will be able to feel safe.”

His remarks got here as Russia launched a barrage of just about 100 drone and missile assaults throughout Ukraine.

A Ukrainian serviceman from anti-drone cellular air defence unit fires a machine gun


Air raid warnings rang out throughout the nation, with 10 areas coming beneath hearth, Ukraine’s inside minister, Ihor Klymenko, stated.

Russia has escalated its assaults on Ukraine in latest days, launching a number of missile barrages on the capital, Kyiv, and hitting power infrastructure throughout the nation in obvious retaliation for latest Ukrainian aerial assaults on the Russian border area of Belgorod. Such sporadic assaults, nonetheless, have been frequent all through the struggle.

Large-scale blackouts have already affected Ukraine’s japanese metropolis of Kharkiv, the place 700,000 folks misplaced energy after the town’s thermal energy plant was hit in a drone and missile assault on March 22.

Last winter, Russia focused Ukraine’s power infrastructure, inflicting frequent blackouts. Many in Ukraine and the West anticipated that Russia may repeat that technique this winter, however Russia as an alternative initially centered its strikes on Ukraine’s defence industries.

Ukrainian military chaplains attend a service throughout their commencement ceremony at St. Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv on Friday


Meanwhile, Itaty’s air power stated on Friday it intercepted an unidentified plane flying over worldwide waters within the Baltic Sea, which two defence sources in Rome recognized as Russian planes.

The two interceptions have been carried out on Thursday and Friday morning by Italian Eurofighter jets primarily based within the Polish base of Malbork as a part of a Natoi mission, an announcement stated.

After finishing their exercise, the Italian jets returned to the Polish base. The two defence sources stated the Russian plane have been noticed by radars however didn’t reply to radio alerts and requests to speak.