Senior adviser to the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, calls on the United States to develop specific retaliation measures if Russia is to resort to nuclear att*cks on Ukraine.
Mykhailo Podolak, Zelensky’s senior adviser, asked the US and other allies to present the consequences of Russia’s use of a nuclear war in an interview given today to the presidential administration in Kiev.
“Other nuclear states must say very emphatically that as soon as Russia thinks about launching a nuclear att*ck on foreign territory – in this case Ukraine – there will be rapid retaliatory nuclear strikes to destroy nuclear weapons launch sites in Russia, Quoted by Podolak Guardian.
Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened nuclear att*cks in a TV speech on Wednesday morning, stressing that the threats “were not a bluff.” Putin used the same address to call for the partial mobilization of Russian citizens with military experience to join the war. Russia has stepped up military measures since Ukraine launched a strong counteroffensive att*ck that reclaims key territories, destroys Russian equipment, and sends Russian troops fleeing the area.
President Joe Biden responded to threats in a speech to the United Nations Wednesday morning, calling Putin’s actions “outrageous.”
“The United States is ready to take critical arms control measures. A nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought, ”Biden said in a televised speech.
According GuardianPutin has threatened with nuclear att*cks on several occasions since his invasion of Ukraine in February, but his latest warning prompts analysts to reconsider whether the threats are of any importance. Podolak said that Putin’s seriousness is something that cannot be predicted.
“It’s hard to predict when a person is completely irrational,” he said. “We have a large country that enters Ukraine, starts a war, takes some territory, and then says that territory is now ours, and if you try to regain it, we’ll use nuclear weapons. It looks absolutely absurd, and it also destroys the entire world’s nuclear deterrent system. “
Other Ukrainian officials also believe that threats should be taken seriously, including Ukraine’s deputy prime minister Iryna Vereshchuk.
“You can’t let someone run around with a grenade with the pin out and threaten everyone with it just because they can,” said Vereshchuk. Guardian.
BBC correspondent Hugo Bachega said in an interview this morning with CBS News that one of Zelensky’s top aides told him that Putin’s threats were a “predictable response” to Russia’s struggle in the Ukraine war.
“He also said it was the beginning of the fall of the Putin regime,” Bachega told CBS News.
Today Zelenskiy is expected to address the United Nations. Bakha predicts that Zelenskiy will use this address as an opportunity to ask for more weapons and more aid to strengthen Ukrainian forces.
“I think they intend to use the profits from this counteroffensive to tell the Western partners:” Look, we have an opportunity, we have an opportunity to regain territory, but we need your help, “said Bachega.
Newsweek contacted the United Nations for comment.
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