Former Russian president threatens Ukraine with nukes
Dmitry Medvedev said that the Russian nuclear strike is allegedly part of the plan of Ukraine and its allies (Photo:REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina)
In another jingoistic rant, former Russian president and current Deputy Chair of Russia’s Security Council, Dmitriy Medvedev, threatened Ukraine with nuclear retaliation for liberating its territory – which Moscow claims to have annexed in late September. Medvedev made his threats in a Telegram post on Nov. 1.
Repeating the usual Kremlin narrative, he said that a Ukrainian victory in the war would lead to Russia’s collapse, concluding that extreme measures might be required to stave that off.
“If Russia doesn’t win, then, apparently, Ukraine will,” said Medvedev.
“Ukraine’s goal in the war was stated – the return of all territories that previously belonged to it. Which means seizing them from Russia. This is a threat to the existence of our state, and it means the collapse of Russia as it is today. It is also a direct reason for applying Clause 19 of the Fundamentals of the State Policy of the Russian Federation in the field of nuclear deterrence.”
At the same time, Medvedev alleged that a nuclear strike on Ukraine is supposedly exactly what Ukraine is aiming for, along with its Western partners.
“What is this, if not a direct provocation of a world war with use of nuclear weapons?” Medvedev wrote.
“Let's call it what it is. Western countries are pushing the world towards a global war.”
Medvedev's new threats emerged after Russian domestic public opinion was agitated by Moscow’s moves to evacuate its “administration” in occupied Kherson to the eastern bank of Dnipro River, ahead of an expected push by Ukraine’s armed forces to liberate the city.
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