ASPI’s Peter Jennings says around 24 to 48 hours, we might see a “much larger scale invasion” of Ukraine by Russia after Moscow’s “peacekeeper” troops crossed the border.
“I would say in the next 24 to 48 hours we might actually see a much larger scale invasion, possibly even targeted against the capital Kyiv,” Mr Jennings told Sky News host Chris Smith.
“That would be frankly the most serious military conflict that Europe would have seen since the end of the Second World War.”
He said sanctions will “clearly” not be enough to deter Putin from any possible military action against Ukraine.
“My sense is that it won’t be like Afghanistan, I think there’s going to be quite significant fighting take place and then Putin will have the pleasure of occupying a country of 40 million people that primarily doesn’t want him and his forces to be there.”