A senior adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has urged the United States to formulate concrete retaliatory measures if Russia calls for nuclear strikes against Ukraine.
Mykhailo Podolyak, Zelenskyy’s senior aide, urged the US and other allies to lay out the consequences of a nuclear war by Russia in an interview with the presidential administration in Kyiv today.
“The other nuclear powers must say very clearly that as soon as Russia even thinks about launching nuclear strikes on foreign territory – in this case, Ukraine’s territory – there will be rapid nuclear retaliation to destroy nuclear launch sites in Russia,” Podoljak was quoted as saying The guard.
Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened nuclear attacks in a televised address 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 enter the war. Russia has stepped up military action since Ukraine launched a powerful counterattack that recaptured key areas, destroyed Russian equipment and caused Russian soldiers to flee the area.
President Joe Biden responded to the threats in an address to the United Nations on Wednesday morning, calling Putin’s actions “outrageous”.
“The United States stands ready to implement critical arms control measures. A nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought,” Biden said during the televised address.
Corresponding The guardPutin has threatened nuclear attacks several times since invading Ukraine in February, but his latest warning is causing analysts to reconsider whether the threats even carry any weight. Podolyak said Putin’s seriousness is something that cannot be predicted.
“It’s hard to make predictions when a person is totally irrational,” he said. “We have a big country that enters Ukrainian territory, starts a war, takes a territory and then says that territory is now ours and if you try to take it back, we will use nuclear weapons. It looks absolutely absurd, and what’s more, it’s destroying the entire global system of nuclear deterrence.”
Other Ukrainian officials believe the threats should also be taken seriously, including Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk.
“You can’t have someone walking around with a grenade with the pin removed and threatening everyone with it just because he can,” Vereshchuk said The guard.
BBC news correspondent Hugo Bachega said in an interview with CBS News this morning that one of Zelenskyy’s top advisers told him Putin’s threats were a “predictable response” to Russia’s fight in the Ukraine war.
“He also said this is the beginning of the collapse of Putin’s regime,” Bachega told CBS News.
Zelenskyj is expected to address the United Nations today. Bachega reckons Zelensky will use the address as an opportunity to request more weapons and more support to bolster Ukraine’s armed forces.
“I think they’re going to use the gains from this counteroffensive to say to the Western partners, ‘Look, we have the capability, we have the capability to retake territory, but we need your help,'” Bachega said.
news week has asked the United Nations for comment.
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