RUSSIA has reportedly approved plans for “urgent mass graves” amid fears that World War Three could break out after an invasion of Ukraine.
The move comes amid deepening concerns that Vladimir Putin is plotting an invasion of his neighbour in 2022 with more than 175,000 Russian troops said to have been detected on the border.
Russian outlet MK say that the burial sites were constructed as a priority after they allegedly appeared on leaked legal documents that are expected to come into force on February 1.
The burial sites would reportedly accommodate 100 corpses each and would be used in conjunction with facilities to cremate bodies of solders.
The grisly preparations came to light after Russia issued claims that the army was only set up to defend itself and would not actively be “choosing the path of confrontation”.
Speaking on Wednesday, the country’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov described their neighbours as “hot heads” adding that a potential future war was a “choice up to our partners”.
He told RT: “The fact that the US authorities have been quite expeditious with regards to organizing future contacts, I believe it is a positive sign, regardless of the substantial work ahead.
“Russia has all the capabilities in place to ensure a full military and technical response to any kind of provocations that might unfold around
Vladimir Putin previously ordered US officials to leave Russia immediately amid fears he plans to order an invasion of Ukraine before the end of January.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in parliament that Crimea — which Moscow seized in 2014 — was Ukrainian territory and Kiev’s goal was to “liberate” it, focusing on diplomatic solutions.
Speaking in parliament, Zelensky said that the return of Crimea should be the main goal and philosophy of Ukraine.
He said: “We see this as a direct threat to Russia.
“Such wording of course means that the Kiev regime intends to use all available means — including force — in order to encroach on a Russian region.
“This is how we are leaning towards perceiving it.”
But in recent week Moscow was forced to backtrack on their claims after a fighter jet intercepted a US spy plane that was flying over the Black Sea.
The rising tensions have prompted the G7 group of Western nations – meeting in Liverpool – to issue a warning to Russia.
“Russia should be in no doubt that further military aggression against Ukraine would have massive consequences and severe cost in response,” the group said in statement.
“We reaffirm our unwavering commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as the right of any sovereign state to determine its own future.”
Britain’s Defence Secretary Ben Wallace recently said the UK was ready to use force to help defend Ukraine.
But Russia has denied that it plans to attack their neighbours and condemned the G7 warning.
They have demanded Ukraine not join NATO and raged that the US must stop all military activity in the region.
A US senator has warned America could “rain destruction” on Russia with nuclear weapons if Putin invades Ukraine.
That promoted Sergei Ryabkov, Russia’s deputy foreign minister, to say Joe Biden is pushing his nation to the brink of nuclear war.