Poland prepares for ‘up to a million’ refugees fleeing Ukraine as Russian threat continues: report

An instructor trains members of Ukraine's Territorial Defense Forces, volunteer military units of the Armed Forces, in a city park in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. Dozens of civilians have been joining Ukraine's army reserves in recent weeks amid fears about Russian invasion. 

The majority of Ukraine’s borders are vulnerable to an invasion by Moscow as roughly half of the country shares a border with Russia.

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Poland has braced itself to receive “up to a million refugees” fleeing Ukraine if Russia invades the former Soviet nation.

“If there was a war in Ukraine, we must take into account the influx of real refugees – people who flee the fire, people who flee from death, who flee from the atrocities of war,” Deputy Interior Minister Maciej Wąsik told Polish Radio late last month. 

“We must be prepared for the black scenario,” he added. 

An instructor trains members of Ukraine’s Territorial Defense Forces, volunteer military units of the Armed Forces, in a city park in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. Dozens of civilians have been joining Ukraine’s army reserves in recent weeks amid fears about Russian invasion.  (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

UKRAINE DEFENSE CHIEF URGES ‘CALM’ AS FEARS OF RUSSIAN INVASION BUILD

But the threat of an incursion goes beyond Ukraine’s proximity to Russia.

The Kremlin has not only amassed roughly 100,000 troops on its southern border but deployed an additional 30,000 troops to neighboring Belarus – whose border is less than a three-hour drive to Kyiv. 

“If our country faces an aggression, there will be hundreds of thousands of Russian soldiers here, who will defend this sacred land together with hundreds of thousands of Belarusians,” Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko warned in late January.

The U.S. and its NATO allies have responded to the increased military presence surrounding Ukraine by deploying additional troops to countries like Poland and Romania – both of which sit west of Ukraine. 

BIDEN MOVING US TROOPS IN EASTERN EUROPE WON’T PREVENT RUSSIAN INVASION, EXPERTS AGREE

Local residents train close to Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022. Russia's foreign minister claims that NATO wants to pull Ukraine into the alliance, amid escalating tensions over NATO expansion and fears that Russia is preparing to invade Ukraine. In comments on state television Sunday, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also challenged NATO's claim to be a purely defensive structure. 

Local residents train close to Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022. Russia’s foreign minister claims that NATO wants to pull Ukraine into the alliance, amid escalating tensions over NATO expansion and fears that Russia is preparing to invade Ukraine. In comments on state television Sunday, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also challenged NATO’s claim to be a purely defensive structure. 

But the threat of conflict has caught the attention of nearly every surrounding Eastern European nation and NATO has considered sending a small contingency of troops to Slovakia.

Moldova, which sits under Ukraine, declared independence from the USSR in 1991 but shares a complex past with Russia. 

A small fraction state called Transdniestria broke away from Moldova in the early 90s and politically aligns itself with Russia. 

Neither the United Nations, Moldova nor Russia recognize the breakaway state, but Russia has placed roughly 1,000 troops in the region for military drills – a move the Moldovan government has condemned

Russia continues to allege its troop movement is not an indication that Moscow intends to invade Kyiv should the U.S. and NATO not adhere to its demands regarding missile placement and NATO membership.

Russian tanks T-72B3 take part in drills at the Kadamovskiy firing range in the Rostov region in southern Russia, Jan. 12, 2022. Amid a buildup of Russian troops near Ukraine, Moscow has denied planning an attack on Ukraine but urged the U.S. and its allies to provide a binding pledge that NATO won't expand to Ukraine and won't deploy military assets there - a demand rejected by the West.

Russian tanks T-72B3 take part in drills at the Kadamovskiy firing range in the Rostov region in southern Russia, Jan. 12, 2022. Amid a buildup of Russian troops near Ukraine, Moscow has denied planning an attack on Ukraine but urged the U.S. and its allies to provide a binding pledge that NATO won’t expand to Ukraine and won’t deploy military assets there – a demand rejected by the West. (AP Photo, File )

In a Tuesday tweet the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed, “NATO has designated Russia an adversary.”

“While advancing its military infrastructure very close to our border, NATO and its member states believe that they have a right to teach us where and how we can deploy our armed forces,” the statement added.

The U.S. and NATO have condemned these comments and warned that Russia could look to fabricate an excuse to justify its invasion of Ukraine.

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West Ham’s Kurt Zouma KICKS & slaps his pet cat in horrific video

West Ham has condemned Kurt Zouma's actions
West Ham has condemned Kurt Zouma’s actionsCredit: Shutterstock

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PREMIER League ace Kurt Zouma could be prosecuted after being filmed booting his cat like a football across his kitchen floor.

The West Ham star, 27, is also seen slapping his pet’s face.

Horrifying sight . . . footage begins with West Ham star Zouma dropping the cat and booting it across the kitchen floor, before the petrified puss scrambles away
Horrifying sight . . . footage begins with West Ham star Zouma dropping the cat and booting it across the kitchen floor, before the petrified puss scrambles away

The club has condemned his actions and will “deal with the matter internally”.

The West Ham defender is seen attacking the pet at his £2million mansion while his brother films him.

Zouma, 27, drops the moggy and boots it in mid air across the kitchen floor.

The French international then chases the animal around his dining room in front of a child as the cameraman laughs.

Zouma also hurls a pair of designer shoes at the pet — which frantically tries to escape.

In a final clip, he is seen forcefully slapping the cat in the face — and out of the child’s arms.

It comes as:

While the Met Police says it won’t launch a probe, thousands of people have contacted the RSPCA.

The charity has its own powers, meaning it could choose to bring its own prosecution.

Last night, Zouma issued a grovelling apology for the attack and insisted it was an isolated incident.

He said: “I want to apologise for my actions. There are no excuses for my behaviour, which I sincerely regret.

“I also want to say how deeply sorry I am to anyone who was upset by the video. I would like to assure everyone that our two cats are perfectly fine and healthy.

“They are loved and cherished by our entire family, and this behaviour was an isolated incident that will not happen again.”

It is understood the £30million former Chelsea player was furious that the Bengal — an expensive breed of domesticated cat that looks like a small leopard — messed up his house.

West Ham statement

“West Ham United unreservedly condemns the actions of our player, Kurt Zouma, in the video that has circulated.

We have spoken to Kurt and will be dealing with the matter internally, but we would like to make it clear that we in no way condone cruelty towards animals.”

A source said: “It seemed that Kurt had got angry at the cat for accidentally smashing some sort of vase and tearing down a light fixture from the kitchen cupboard.

“But what he does next is completely unacceptable. Kurt kicks it, throws shoes at it and then slaps it. The poor cat looked so scared.”

The disturbing footage was filmed by Zouma’s brother Yoan and posted to Snapchat on Sunday afternoon — a day after the centre-back appeared for West Ham in the FA Cup.

The first clip was captioned “sa commence”, which translates into English as “it is starting”. It is replaced with a dozen laughing face emojis in later clips.

Disgusted animal welfare charities slammed the Premier League ace — who could now face a criminal probe.

Forceful swipe . . . the French international lashes out as child clutches cat on table — slapping pet around the face & out of the youngster’s arms — in disturbing final clip
Forceful swipe . . . the French international lashes out as child clutches cat on table — slapping pet around the face & out of the youngster’s arms — in disturbing final clip

An RSPCA spokesperson said: “This is a very upsetting video. It’s never acceptable to kick, hit or slap an animal, for punishment or otherwise.”

Dr Maggie Roberts, of charity Cats Protection, said: “Any person seen or suspected of treating an animal badly, whether this is physical violence, neglect or any other form of cruelty should be reported to the RSPCA.

“The police work closely with the RSPCA to investigate cases of animal cruelty. Cats are sentient beings and experience pain and fear. Beating up a cat will only cause it to suffer physically and mentally.

“We noticed that some people viewing the video online thought it was funny. We can assure them that this is not a laughing matter.”

Last night, West Ham issued a statement “unreservedly condemning” their player’s actions

Zouma — who won the Premier League twice with Chelsea after joining them in 2014 — has scored one goal in 12 games since moving to the Hammers in the summer.

Emojis on footage as Zouma hurls designer shoes at puss
Emojis on footage as Zouma hurls designer shoes at puss

Five years in jail under tough new laws

ANIMAL abusers now face tougher prison sentences under a new bill passed in Parliament last year.

The worst offenders can be caged for five years instead of just six months under the Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill.

Dog fight organisers, farmers who neglect horses and thugs who abuse puppies or kittens can all be hit by the long jail term.

The new legislation — championed by PM Boris Johnson and his animal-loving wife Carrie — came after a four-year campaign by Battersea Cats & Dogs Home in London.

It makes CCTV mandatory in every slaughterhouse in England and bans the export of live animals for fattening and slaughter.

Standards in zoos must be improved and household pets even have their feelings protected.

The law says animals with a backbone have a right to happiness as well as avoiding suffering.

The Battersea home launched the crusade after discovering fly-tippers were given harsher sentences than animal abusers.

When the bill came into effect last June, comedian Ricky Gervais, 60 — a dedicated animal rights campaigner — said: “Justice will finally be served to anyone who perpetuates animal cruelty and a proper punishment brought in.

“It’s one I hope will serve as a deterrent to anyone who’d contemplate harming an innocent creature.”

£2,000 prized puss

BENGALS are one of the UK’s most expensive and rarest domesticated cats.

The breed originated in the US in the 1970s from wild Asian leopard cats crossed with tabbies.

Bengal kittens now cost around £2,000 each.

Their spotted coats make them look like mini-leopards and their athletic, slender physiques have seen them become prized pets in the cat world.

They are known for their extremely friendly personalities and are loved for being similar to dogs with displays of loyalty.

Celebrity owners include Twilight star Kristen Stewart, 31, TV favourite Jonathan Ross, 61, and reality star Kourtney Kardashian, 42.

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Petition · Prosecute Kurt Zouma & remove all his animals to a place of safety immediately! · Change.org

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Shocking video footage shared on social media shows French international and West Ham footballer Kurt Zouma drop kicking and slapping his pet Bengal cat in the presence of both his brother and a young child (the example set?) . Both Zouma and his brother can be heard laughing throughout the footage.

The mere fact that Zouma considers this funny and worthy of sharing on the Snapchat platform shows his disdain for animals and leads us to wonder what happens to animals in Zouma’s ‘care’ privately?

In the UK we have laws against the abuse of animals, laws which should be applicable to everyone rich or poor, famous or not!

We ask that the Metropolitan Police and RSPCA carry out an urgent investigation and prosecute the perpetrators of this heinous act.

Further we ask that the RSPCA remove all animals from Zouma’s ‘care’ immediately!

Failure to take action in this case will send the message that animal abuse for entertainment is justified, that for the rich and famous breaking the law is no problem! Neither are acceptable!

The offending footage can be viewed here – https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/17576996/kurt-zouma-cat-kick-slap-video/

Poursuivez Kurt Zouma et emmenez immédiatement tous ses animaux en lieu sûr !

Des séquences vidéo choquantes partagées sur les réseaux sociaux montrent l’international français et footballeur de West Ham Kurt Zouma en train de donner des coups de pied et de gifler son chat Bengal en présence de son frère et d’un jeune enfant (l’exemple donné ?). Zouma et son frère peuvent être entendus rire tout au long de la séquence. Le simple fait que Zouma considère cela comme drôle et digne d’être partagé sur la plateforme Snapchat montre son mépris pour les animaux et nous amène à nous demander ce qu’il advient des animaux dont Zouma est “soigné” en privé ? Au Royaume-Uni, nous avons des lois contre la maltraitance des animaux, des lois qui devraient s’appliquer à tous, riches ou pauvres, célèbres ou non ! Nous demandons à la police métropolitaine et à la RSPCA de mener une enquête urgente et de poursuivre les auteurs de cet acte odieux. De plus, nous demandons à la RSPCA de retirer immédiatement tous les animaux des « soins » de Zouma ! Ne pas agir dans ce cas enverra le message que la maltraitance des animaux pour le divertissement est justifiée, que pour les riches et célèbres enfreindre la loi n’est pas un problème ! Ni l’un ni l’autre ne sont acceptables !

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