Putin threatens to use nuclear weapons as he escalates his invasion of Ukraine: ‘This is not a bluff’

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses his nation in Moscow, Russia, on September 21, 2022.

Putin escalated his war on Ukraine, announcing the partial mobilization of his country’s reservists.
He also threatened nuclear retaliation, saying ominously that “this is not a bluff.”
He said Russia may use them in defense, baselessly accusing NATO of making nuclear threats of its own.

Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened the use of nuclear weapons as he ramped up his invasion of Ukraine.

Putin announced the partial mobilization of his country’s reservists in a speech on Wednesday, when he also baselessly accused the West of threatening to use nuclear weapons and said Russia would considering using them.

Putin accused the West of “nuclear blackmail,” saying Western nations had encouraged Ukraine to shell the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine.

He said officials in NATO countries had spoken “about the possibility and admissibility of using weapons of mass destruction against Russia — nuclear weapons.”

Ukraine said Russia was responsible for the Zaporizhzhia shelling. NATO officials have not threatened Russia with nuclear weapons.

But Putin on Wednesday threatened nuclear retaliation if Russia was attacked.

“To those who allow themselves to make such statements about Russia, I would like to remind you that our country also has various means of destruction, and for some components more modern than those of the NATO countries,” he said.

“And if the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will certainly use all the means at our disposal to protect Russia and our people. This is not a bluff.”

Putin’s reference to “territorial integrity” came alongside efforts from the Kremlin to organize referendums to formally annex the parts of Ukraine its military has captured.

That process — which Western officials have denounced as illegitimate — could give Putin a pretext to claim that Russian …read more

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