Kyiv reacts to Russia's 'hysterical nuclear statements'
Oleksiy Danilov (Photo:REUTERS/Anna Voitenko)
The Russian leadership is resorting to nuclear threats because it realizes that its occupation forces are being defeated at the front in Ukraine, National Security and Defense Council secretary, Oleksiy Danilov, said on Twitter on April 26.
"Any of Russia’s threats to use nuclear weapons are a manifestation of powerlessness and fear," he wrote.
The worse the situation at the front, the more often "hysterical 'nuclear' statements will be heard" because the Kremlin understands the inevitability of defeat and subsequent retribution, said Ukraine’s top security official,
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said that a preventative (first strike – ed.) nuclear strike was ‘a certainty’ if he were currently President and argued that nuclear weapons are the very "staple" that binds Russia together.
On March 25, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he planned to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus. He justified his decision by arguing that the United Kingdom planned give Ukraine depleted uranium munitions.
Putin's statement was criticized by many countries.
The United States sees no signs of Russian nuclear weapons being moved to Belarus, and the European Union is ready to impose further sanctions.
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