The Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his country’s strategic nuclear forces to high alert, because the Ukraine disaster escalates.
He knowledgeable defence chiefs it changed into as soon as because of the “aggressive statements” by the West, amid long-established condemnation of his invasion of Ukraine. The announcement does no longer imply Russia intends to spend the weapons.
The US without extend condemned his decision calling it an “unacceptable escalation”.
Now no longer too lengthy ago Mr Putin had warned that “whoever tries to hinder us” in Ukraine would take into consideration penalties “you bag by no methodology considered for your history”. These phrases were widely interpreted as signalling a chance to spend nuclear weapons if the West stood in his method.
The Russian President ordered his defence minister and the manager of the navy’s overall staff to place the nuclear deterrent forces on a “particular regime of strive in opposition to responsibility”.
Clive Myrie in Kyiv presents BBC Information at Ten reporting by Steve Rosenberg in Moscow and Sarah Smith in Washington.
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