Russia has ground-, air-, and sea-based carriers of nuclear munitions in the temporarily occupied Crimea, Andrii Cherniak, a representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine’s Defense Ministry, told the Ukrinform news agency on Jan. 3.
According to the official, they include ships, submarines, aircraft, and ground-based complexes that can strike with nuclear munitions.
Cherniak noted that Ukraine’s military intelligence continues to monitor the relocation of Russia’s nuclear weapons.
According to him, Russians were carrying out certain works at the Feodosia-13 facility in the village of Krasnokamianka to prepare it for storage of nuclear ammunition. However, it is currently unknown whether these works have been completed.
Speaking about the risks of a nuclear strike by Russia, Cherniak said that “the aggressor country is capable of anything.”
“However, we hope that the international community will be able to influence the invading country’s leaders so as not to push the world to a nuclear crisis,” he said. “Ukraine is also considering various scenarios for the development of events.”
Russian dictator Vladimir Putin said on Dec. 7 that the threat of nuclear war was rising.
In September 2022, Ukrainian intelligence officials said that they considered the risk of Russia using tactical nuclear weapons against Ukraine at some point was “very high,” even if it remains unlikely in the near term. However, Ukrainian intelligence chief Kyrylo Budanov insists that Russia will not launch a nuclear attack in the near future.