The Russian leader has said on Wednesday afternoon that the threat of a nuclear war is on “the rise” which comes as explosions have rocked airbases deep inside Russia.
Following a series of strikes in Russia Vladimir Putin has warned that they will “defend ourselves with all the means at our disposal,” adding, “we haven’t gone mad, we realise what nuclear weapons are.”
He then fuelled fears of a nuclear attack and warned that the threat of Russia using nuclear weapons is now “on the rise.”
Putin said Russia will consider to use “nuclear weapons a response to an attack” in a veiled threat to Ukraine and most likely the West following Russian airbases being attacked.
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He then said, Russia “does not have tactical nuclear weapons in other countries unlike the United States.”
He added, “We have the most advanced weapons, but we do not want to wave it around,” and no “Russia has not gone mad.”
The Russian leader made a bizzare claim that Russia did not start “the war” in Ukraine and said it all started with a “state coup” in 2014 when Moscow took Crimea.
Putin said that Moscow has had “no chances to settle the situation in Ukraine, and that only Russia can “be the only guarantor of Ukraine’s territorial integrity. But it’s up to the new leaders of Ukraine.”
This is Putin’s response after air raid sirens were heard in Russia overnight at a key military airfield just over 430 miles away from Moscow, which comes as airbases in the country are coming under increased threat.
The Kyiv Independent reported that overnight air raid sirens blasted and the district official Yevgeny Shpolsky said there was “no threat to civilian infrastructure.”
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Putin then vowed “necessary” measures after airfields came under attack and an oil storage tanks exploded near to the city of Kursk, in the Bryansk region of Russia.
Putin said on Wednesday afternoon, “First of all, of course, we will focus on peaceful means, but if nothing else remains, we will defend ourselves with all the means at our disposal.”
Putin then complained that the West are treating Russia as “a second-class citizen that has no right to exist at all,” he then admitted that the war in Ukraine is going to be a “long process” meaning there is no end to the conflict in sight.
Serhiy Zgurets, a Ukrainian military analyst wrote on a Ukrainian media website, “It is still too early to say what is at issue here, but the ability of the armed forces of Ukraine to reach military targets deep in the territory of the Russian Federation has a very symbolic and important meaning.”