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Russia can defend new areas with nuclear weapons: Medvedev | Russia-Ukraine battle Information


Putin ally says Ukrainian territories that vote to hitch Russia shall be protected by Moscow as ‘sham’ referendums close to.

Dmitry Medvedev, the previous Russian president, has mentioned that any weapons in Moscow’s arsenal, together with strategic nuclear weapons, could possibly be used to defend territories integrated into Russia from Ukraine.

Medvedev, the deputy chairman of Russia’s Safety Council, additionally mentioned on Thursday that referendums being organised by Russian-installed and separatist authorities in giant swathes of occupied Ukrainian territory will happen, and that “there isn’t a going again”:

“The Donbas [Donetsk and Luhansk] republics and different territories shall be accepted into Russia,” he mentioned in a Telegram submit, referring to breakaway areas in japanese Ukraine’s industrial heartland.

His feedback got here after President Vladimir Putin warned on Wednesday that Moscow would use “all obtainable means” to guard Russia’s “territorial integrity” as he moved to mobilise 300,000 reserve forces to battle in Ukraine. The thinly veiled nuclear menace drew speedy condemnation from an array of Western leaders.

Medvedev, who recurrently points aggressive statements on the West and Ukraine, added that the safety of all of the territories could be considerably strengthened by the Russian armed forces.

“Russia has introduced that not solely mobilisation capabilities, but in addition any Russian weapons, together with strategic nuclear weapons and weapons based mostly on new ideas, could possibly be used for such safety,” he mentioned.

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The votes to hitch Russia are as a result of happen within the Russian-held components of Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia provinces, in addition to a part of Mykolaiv province, from Friday – and are extensively anticipated to supply outcomes overwhelmingly endorsing becoming a member of Russia.

The votes, which can happen underneath army occupation with none exterior oversight, have been labelled shams by Kyiv and its Western allies.

If formally admitted to the Russian Federation, the occupied territories, the place Ukrainian counteroffensives have gathered tempo in latest weeks, will underneath Moscow’s nuclear doctrine, be entitled to safety from Russian nuclear weapons.

Moscow doesn’t totally management any of the 4 areas it’s anticipated to attempt to annex, with solely round 60 % of Donetsk and 66 % of Zaporizhia at the moment held by the Russian military.

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