VLADIMIR Putin could carry out devastating attack and wage war against the West from space, the head of Britain’s Armed Forces has warned.
Britain’s top army official said Putin could use his sabotage subs and nuclear missiles to finish off the West in a three-pronged attack.
“It has capabilities in space. We saw an example of that at the tail end of last year, when Russia exploded an object in space which created immense debris,” Sir Tony said.
“Russia has nuclear capabilities, Russia has underwater capabilities.”
Sir Tony’s warning comes as the West launched an investigation into four blasts that destroyed the Nord Stream pipeline this week.
Although not directly blaming Russia, Sir Tony told the Telegraph: “Russia has the ability to disrupt in other areas in addition to what it’s doing in Ukraine, what it’s doing in energy and what it’s doing in these diplomatic and information battles.”
Moscow has significant anti-satellite capabilities and last year tested a ground-based missile that blew out one of its own satellites 300 miles above the earth.
Professor Malcolm Chalmers, from the thinktank RUSI, said Russia could attack GPS systems, which play a key part in military and civilian life.
“There could be some disruption to civilian services, such as sat-nav systems used in most of our phones and cars,” prof Chalmers said.
He said Putin might be goaded into attack satellites because it was unlikely to provoke a military response from the West.
“[It involves] neither direct casualties nor an attack on another country’s territory,” he explained.
Sir Tony said Putin would face the strong hand of NATO nations if he tried to attack critical infrastructure like underwater sea cables, which carries 95 per cent of the world’s information.
He also said Brits “should have the confidence that our lives will be safe and secure, our economies will be protected,” if Russia attacked.
“we should have the resolve, sometimes we might have to take some short term pressures but we are going to overcome the pressure that Russia is trying to impose on our lives,” he said.
It comes as Putin vowed to use “any means” to defend the four Ukrainian regions annexed to Russia after the biggest land grab since World War Two.
Putin formally inked decrees declaring Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia to be Russian territory following a series of sham referendums.
The ruthless land grab was made official at the Georgievsky Hall of the Great Kremlin Palace in a signing ceremony.
Putin was late showing up to the huge gathering of his cronies and then issued a long, rambling, nonsensical diatribe.
In his speech, he said: “People have made their choice – and that choice is beyond any doubt… this is the will of millions of people.”
The Russian leader vowed to “defend our land with all means” – and said the people living in the stolen Ukrainian regions are “our citizens forever”.
“People living in Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson region and Zaporizhzhia region are becoming our citizens forever,” he said.
“We will defend our land with all our strength and all our means.”
Britain and America immediately responded to Putin’s move to annex the Ukraine regions with a wave of fresh sanctions.
Meanwhile, the head of NATO said the organisation would continue giving “unwavering support” to Ukraine.
“Putin has mobilised hundreds of thousands of more troops, engaged in irresponsible nuclear sabre rattling and now illegally annexed more Ukrainian territory. Together, this represents the most serious escalation since the start of the war,” Stoltenberg said in a press conference.
“NATO reaffirms its unwavering support for Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.
“We remain resolute in providing support to Ukraine as it continues to defend itself against Russia’s aggression, for as long as it takes.”
Joe Biden issued Putin with a stark warning.
“Mr Putin, don’t misunderstand what I am saying,” President Biden said as he reaffirmed the US’ commitment to provide Ukraine with military aid.
“The United States is prepared to defend every inch of NATO territory.”
He added: “We will continue to provide Ukraine with the equipment it needs to defend itself, undeterred by Russia’s brazen effort to redraw the borders of its neighbour,” the President said in a statement.
“We will rally the international community to both denounce these moves and to hold Russia accountable.”