The Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his country’s strategic nuclear forces to high alert, as the Ukraine crisis escalates.
He suggested defence chiefs it used to be thanks to “aggressive statements” by the West, amid frequent condemnation of his invasion of Ukraine. The announcement doesn’t mean Russia intends to use the weapons.
The US straight condemned his decision calling it an “unacceptable escalation”.
Now not too long within the past Mr Putin had warned that “whoever tries to hinder us” in Ukraine would discover penalties “you doubtlessly could well also just hold never viewed for your history”. Those phrases were widely interpreted as signalling a threat to use nuclear weapons if the West stood in his blueprint.
The Russian President ordered his defence minister and the manager of the militia’s overall personnel to construct the nuclear deterrent forces on a “particular regime of combat responsibility”.
Clive Myrie in Kyiv gifts BBC Data at Ten reporting by Steve Rosenberg in Moscow and Sarah Smith in Washington.
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