Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24 was the beginning of a third world war that has the potential to destroy our civilisation. The invasion was preceded by a long meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping on 4 February – the beginning of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations and the Beijing Winter Olympic Games. At the end of that meeting, the two men released a 5,000-word, carefully drafted document announcing a close partnership between their two countries. The document is stronger than any treaty and must have required detailed negotiations in advance.

Vladimir Putin gone rogue raises the risk of World War… (dailymaverick.co.za)