Vladimir Putin has ordered the Russian military to put its nuclear deterrent forces on “high alert”, raising concerns that he could be prepared to deploy weapons of mass destruction in the near future. efforts to bring the war in Ukraine to a quick end.
With the Kremlin facing “resilient” Ukrainian resistance and an “increasingly aggressive Western response” to their invasion, walkie talkie says the switch to ready nuclear weapons could be an attempt to “avoid the humiliation” of withdrawing without toppling the government of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv.
Putin said yesterday that the statement did not mean that he intended to use the weapons, but that they were introduced into “a special mode of combat service”. The move is being made in response to “unfriendly steps” by the West, he added.
Russia has more than 1,500 deployed warheads and nearly 3,000 warheads in reserve, according to an assessment published in the journal Bulletin of Atomic Scientists on Friday.
The Kremlin has also “invested in various ways to use those warheads”, The Wall Street Journal “includes land-based ballistic missiles that can reach the United States, missiles from submarines, and bombs and missiles that can be deployed from an aircraft,” it said.
Four days after Putin launched a three-pronged attack on Ukraine“Russia’s advance has bogged down and its troops have been pushed back after fierce fighting in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv and in Kharkiv, the country’s second city,” The Telegraph reported.
Military analysts announced yesterday that Russia has suffered the “worst day” since the outbreak of fighting, the newspaper added. Moscow “first admitted on Sunday that it had suffered casualties but asserted that Ukraine’s claim of 4,300 soldiers killed was incorrect.”
When it became clear that “Putin’s attack on Ukraine did not bring the swift victory he had predicted”, nations around the world also turned to adopt “unprecedented new measures” against the Russian economy, Guardians reported.
These sanctions have become “a form of economic warfare”, BBC’s economic editor Faisal Islam, and “designed to promote the whole Russia is in deep recession the better, given the growing chaos of banking activities”.
These measures make the ruble a one-way bearish bet in today’s money markets. The exclusion of Russia’s leading domestic retail banks from the Swift messaging system also creates some instability in the country.”
Declaring that Russia’s nuclear deterrence was on “high alert”, Putin described the measures taken against the country as “illegal sanctions”.
In a televised broadcast from the Kremlin, he said: “I order the Defense Minister and the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces to bring the deterrent of the Russian army into a special mode of combat. .
“You see that Western countries are not only unfriendly to our country in the economic sphere – I mean illegal sanctions,” he added. “Senior officials of the leadership Nato countries also allow aggressive statements against our country. ”
The invasion of Ukraine has left “hundreds of people dead”, The Guardian reported. “Russia has launched Missiles hit buildings in KyivKharkiv and other major Ukrainian cities “and are threatening” an all-out offensive not seen since the Second World War.
Peace talks will be held at the border of Ukraine and Belarus, with a statement posted by Zelenskyy on the Telegram messaging app saying that “diplomats will meet without pre-conditions at a meeting place” unspecified location”, The Independent reported.
But Putin’s nuclear intervention has “raised the disgusting specter of a nuclear option”, says Sky News’ Defense and security editor Deborah Haynes.
“Nuclear weapons are Designed to create the ultimate deterrent“, she continued, thinking that ‘a state would never use them against another nuclear power or its allies because that would mean both together ensuring the destroy when they will return fire”.
If Ukraine “does not back down”, Putin “could theoretically launch a limited nuclear strike – in relative terms – to inflict punitive damage as a victory”. But the launch of a nuclear weapon could be “a sign of despair”.
“The invasion will not go to plan,” she added, and the Russian military appears to be “suffering significant losses.” But Putin “cannot afford to fail, otherwise he knows that his time in power will almost certainly be over, leave a legacy of humiliation and failure“.
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