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'Russian invasion of Ukraine may trigger biggest conflict since World War II'

A full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine could rival the Second World War, the head of the UK’s armed forces said Wednesday.

In his first speech since taking the post in October, Admiral Tony Radakin said "the significance of the worst scenarios in terms of a full invasion of Ukraine would be on a scale not seen in Europe since World War II."

Referring to the challenges by China, Russia, Iran and North Korea, Radakin stressed that the security landscape is more complex and dangerous than it has ever been in the past 30 years.

He told reporters that the crisis caused by the deployment of 90,000 Russian troops on the Ukrainian border, nearly eight years after Russia's annexation of Crimea, was "deeply worrying.”

His remarks came as Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told Sky News "there would be a lot of dead Russian soldiers" if Russian President Vladimir Putin decides to invade his country.

"They (the allies) can strike economically. We will be fighting on the ground. I am sorry to say that, but there will be a lot of dead Russian soldiers, and we hope President Putin does not want that to happen," he said.

Kuleba said his country is working with its allies on ways to deter the Kremlin but noted that Ukraine's army is able to defend the country.

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