Russian dictator Vladimir Putin is losing the war in Ukraine on the battlefield, while Ukrainian forces are only getting stronger, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Oct. 26, as reported by CNN.
“(Russian) President Putin is failing on the battlefield,” Stoltenberg said at a press conference at NATO HQ in Brussels, Belgium.
“He is responding with more indiscriminate attacks on Ukrainian cities, targeting civilians and critical infrastructure, and with reckless nuclear rhetoric.”
He added that with every passing week, Ukrainian forces are getting stronger and better equipped. According to the Secretary General, Ukraine’s success on the battlefield will strengthen Kyiv’s negotiating position in any future talks with Russia.
Stoltenberg also rejected the Kremlin's claims that Ukraine is allegedly planning to use a so-called “dirty bomb” nuclear device in its own territory.
Following the successes of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Putin is increasingly resorting to blackmailing Ukraine and the international community with potential nuclear weapon use.
In response, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on NATO to be ready for a pre-emptive response to a potential nuclear attack from Moscow.
U.S. President Joe Biden said that use of tactical nuclear weapons against Ukraine would be “a very serious mistake” on Russia’s part.