The Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his nation’s strategic nuclear forces to high alert, as the Ukraine disaster escalates.
He told defence chiefs it became as soon as this implies that of “aggressive statements” by the West, amid frequent condemnation of his invasion of Ukraine. The announcement does now not mean Russia intends to employ the weapons.
The US straight away condemned his option calling it an “unacceptable escalation”.
Fair just nowadays Mr Putin had warned that “whoever tries to hinder us” in Ukraine would see consequences “you earn never seen on your historical previous”. These words had been broadly interpreted as signalling a risk to employ nuclear weapons if the West stood in his plot.
The Russian President ordered his defence minister and the manager of the militia’s overall workers to position the nuclear deterrent forces on a “special regime of fight duty”.
Clive Myrie in Kyiv affords BBC Recordsdata at Ten reporting by Steve Rosenberg in Moscow and Sarah Smith in Washington.
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