Russian dictator Putin could opt to use nukes if Ukraine liberates Kherson – expert

10 July, 12:08 PM
According to the political scientist, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin already considers the Kherson Oblast to be Russia (Photo:Sputnik/Aleksey Nikolskyi/Kremlin via REUTERS)

According to the political scientist, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin already considers the Kherson Oblast to be Russia (Photo:Sputnik/Aleksey Nikolskyi/Kremlin via REUTERS)

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin could opt to unleash nuclear weapons if Ukraine manages to liberate Kherson, Russian political scientist Andrei Piontkovsky said in an interview with Ukrainian journalist Olena Trybushna on July 8.

“Putin will react to attempts to seize Kherson as an existential threat to Russia – as he considers that to be part of Russia already – and would be ready to use nuclear weapons,” Piontkovsky said, quoting Alexei Venediktov, former editor-in-chief, host and co-owner of recently banned Russian radio station Echo of Moscow.

Видео дня

Piontkovsky suggested Venediktov is a credible source, as he is known to associate with numerous Kremlin officials.

“Venediktov couldn’t come up with that on his own – he’s too concerned with his role of a civil society representative (among the Russian elites),” said Piontkovsky.

“Meaning, these conversations took place, further indicating their despair and madness… (Putin) has nothing left but nukes. But even if he annihilates, says, Lviv with a nuclear strike, killing a million people – what that would change in this war?”

Russia intends to stage a sham referendum in occupied Kherson Oblast, in a bid to legitimize the conquest, according to a recent assessment by UK military intelligence. Ukrainian officials suggest the process could stretch into the fall.

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google News

poster
Ukraine Today
Fresh daily newsletter covering the top headlines and developments in Ukraine
Daily at 9am EST
Show more news
X