How might Russia target us… and will there be gas shortages? As the crisis in Ukraine deepens, we answer the vital questions over possible retaliations to the West’s sanctions
- Government signalled intention to rely on sanctions rather than military might
- UK takes about 3 per cent of its gas supply from Russia but Europe is reliant
- Motorists have been warned to expect petrol prices to rise above £1.50 per litre
- Experts have warned that Britain faces a wave of Russian cyber attacks
Will UK send troops to Ukraine?
Britain has provided training for Ukrainian forces since 2015 following Russia’s annexation of Crimea and has supplied them with anti-tank weapons and body armour.
But it withdrew UK troops – around 100 military trainers – from Ukraine earlier this month. The Government has signalled that it intends to rely on sanctions rather than military might.
Vladimir Putin sent troops into eastern Ukraine after recognising the independence of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, sparking fears of a full invasion
Will there be gas shortages?
The UK only takes about 3 per cent of its gas supplies from Russia, but wholesale prices are determined by the international market – and Europe is heavily reliant on Russia.
As other countries try to find other sources, the price will be driven up with predictions yesterday of another £700 on annual bills once the cap is raised.
What about oil?
Motorists have been warned to expect petrol prices to rise above £1.50 per litre as oil reaches its highest cost since 2014.
Russia is one of the world’s largest producers of crude oil which is approaching 100 dollars a barrel.
Analysts said that could rise to 120 dollars if supplies are restricted, which could mean petrol prices of more than £1.60 per litre.
How might Russia target UK?
Experts have warned that Britain faces a wave of Russian cyber attacks over its defence of Ukraine.
Chief of the Defence Staff Admiral Sir Tony Radakin told the Cabinet this month that the UK should be ready for online offensives.
Officials fear that the NHS, local government and businesses could be prime targets for Moscow, which has one of the most sophisticated cyber capabilities in the world.