RUSSIA/UKRAINE: President Vladimir Putin stated on Thursday, one day before the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in an address commemorating the Defender of the Fatherland public holiday, that Russia would prioritize increasing its nuclear forces.
Putin’s words came after the United States and Russia broke a treaty that limited their nuclear weapons. On highlighting the nuclear missiles on land, sea, and air, Putin stated, “As before, we will pay increased attention to strengthening the nuclear triad.”
Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missiles, according to Putin, would be moved to the ground for action this year as he says, “We will continue mass production of air-based hypersonic Kinzhal systems and will start mass supplies of sea-based Zircon hypersonic missiles.”
Biden’s verbal fight with Putin the night before the brutal invasion of Ukraine on February 24 showed how tense things were between the two superpowers worldwide. On Tuesday, Putin suspended the new START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) with the U.S., saying that the U.S. had raged the war into a global conflict by providing arms to Ukraine.
According to Biden, Russia’s suspension of START was a “big mistake.” He added, “I don’t read into that that he’s thinking of using nuclear weapons or anything like that.”
Biden pledged that the United States would “defend every inch of NATO” following his meeting with NATO’s eastern flank in Warsaw. On Wednesday, Antonio Guterres, the head of the U.N., said that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine goes against the U.N. Charter and international law. He also reminded everyone that Russia had threatened to use nuclear weapons.
Guterres said, “We have heard implicit threats to use nuclear weapons. The so-called tactical use of nuclear weapons is utterly unacceptable. It is high time to step back from the brink.”
Russia is concentrating its offensives in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. Russian troops have already attacked areas near Kupiansk in the Kharkiv region and regions near Lyman, Bakhmut Adviika, and Shakhtarsk.
Oleh Zhdanov, a Ukrainian military analyst, said in one of his comments on YouTube, “This is possible only because of the number of troops Russia can draw upon. They pay no attention to their losses. The idea is to weaken our position with little regard for the cost involved.”
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