Nuclear Threat: Putin Ordered to Put Deterrence Forces on Alert

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Nuclear Threat: Putin Ordered to Put Deterrence Forces on Alert

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his military command to put deterrence forces on high alert amid Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The decision was made in response to the "aggressive statements" towards Russia from Western countries, he explained

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his military command to put nuclear-armed forces on high alert on Sunday, February 27, Reuters report. The order comes through on the fourth day of Russia's invasion, just a couple of hours after Ukraine announced negotiations between Kyiv and Moscow at the Belarus-Ukraine border.

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President Putin had a conference with the Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoigu and the Chief of the General Staff Russian army Valery Gerasimov. At this meeting, the Russian leader gave an order to put the deterrence forces – a reference to units which include nuclear arms – onto high alert.

"As you can see, not only do Western countries take unfriendly measures against our country in the economic dimension – I mean the illegal sanctions that everyone knows about very well – but also the top officials of leading NATO countries allow themselves to make aggressive statements with regards to our country," Putin said on state television.

Defense Express / Russian senior military officials, as they receive an order to prepare nuclear weapons / Nuclear Threat: Putin Ordered to Put Deterrence Forces on Alert
Russian senior military officials, as they receive an order to prepare nuclear weapons / Photo credit: Twitter, max seddon, Financial Times
Ukraine's foreign affairs minister Dmytro Kuleba said Putin's deterrence order was an attempt to pressure Kyiv during talks but it would not be cowed. If Putin used nuclear weapons against Ukraine it would be a catastrophe for the world, he said, according to Reuters.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield told CBS: "President Putin is continuing to escalate this war in a manner that is totally unacceptable and we have to continue to stem his actions in the strongest possible way".

France's Foreign Minister retorted the same day that when making such threats Putin should remember that NATO too was a nuclear alliance.

As Defense Express reported, Russian occupiers have already caused ecological disaster by shelling a major oil processing and storage facility near Kyiv. They also have raised the radioactive background by driving heavy machinery in the Chornobyl zone, where the remnants of a ruined nuclear power plant are buried.

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