Thursday, September 22, 2022

Ukraine believes Putin is seriously considering nuclear war (English)

In Russian here

A senior Ukrainian military intelligence general told ITV News that Ukraine believes Putin is seriously considering nuclear war. “It is possible Russia will use nuclear weapons against Ukraine. They will try to stop our offensive activity and to destroy our state,” Vadym Skibitskyi, Deputy Head of Ukraine’s Defence Intelligence told ITV News.

“This is a threat for other countries. The blast of a tactical nuclear weapon will have an impact not only in Ukraine but the Black Sea region,” Skibitskyi said, adding that the fallout from use of a nuclear weapon could affect countries including Poland, Turkey and Bulgaria.

“We remember the history of Chernobyl. It is possible that we will have another catastrophe in our territory, in eastern Europe.”

In his speech, the president also backed a plan to annex large swathes of Ukrainian territory, currently occupied by Russia, which are roughly the size of Hungary.

He said that if the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine and Kherson and Zaporizhzhia in the south vote to "join" Russia in referenda planned for 23-27 September, Russia would consider them to be sovereign territory. In this case, Mr Putin indicated he would use full force to defend them.

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