And Mr. Putin’s use of the word “denazify”, in the context of his false claim that Ukraine’s democratic government is a neo-Nazi dictatorship, is seen as a threat to topple it immediately. ie. Western intelligence agencies have warned for weeks that Moscow may be plotting to install a flexible dictatorship in Kyiv.
It is possible, however, that these references are slanderous, intended to intimidate Ukraine into accepting some accommodation in the complete lack of Russian submission.
Boss for conflict
I urge you to immediately lie down and return home. I will explain what this means: Servicemen of the Ukrainian army who do this will be able to freely leave the war zone and return to their families. … I would like to emphasize once again that all responsibility for possible bloodshed rests with the Ukrainian ruling regime.
Putin’s offer of amnesty to Ukrainian soldiers leaving the battlefield is most likely to encourage desertion.
But it could also be a warning that Russian forces will accept heavy bloodshed during their invasion, which is moving into civilian areas, on the pretext that the responsibility for the loss of life ultimately belongs to Ukrainian forces if not immediate surrender.
Now I would like to say something very important to those who might be tempted to interfere in these developments from the outside. No matter who tries to get in our way or beyond to create threats to our country and people, they must know that Russia will respond immediately, and what the consequences will be. you’ve never seen in your entire history.
The declaration was widely seen as a threat of nuclear attack against any Western country that might intervene militarily against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Russia’s threat to use nuclear weapons in retaliation for an attack on Russia itself is nothing new. But Mr. Putin, in extending this nuclear umbrella to cover his invading forces in Ukraine, presents a major and potentially destabilizing threat. Russian forces have conducted nuclear exercises in recent days, which can be seen as a signal of his sincerity.
Citizens of Russia… It is our strength and readiness to fight that are the foundation of independence, sovereignty and the necessary foundation for building a reliable future for your home, your family. and your Homeland.
Mr. Putin ended by calling directly on Russian citizens to support his war in Ukraine as a necessary national struggle.
But there is every signincluding in opinion polls, that Russian citizens, as well as members of the country’s important elites, do not want a war with Ukraine and deep skepticism about Putin’s belligerence. If Mr. Putin hopes to prevent a public or political backlash as the war’s economic and political damage already inflicted on Russia mounts, calls for nationalist struggle, such as this appeal, has so far proven to be not serious enough.
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