Putin Confirms First Nuclear Weapons Moved to Belarus:Ukraine War
According to Vladimir Putin, Russia has already stationed the first group of tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus. The president of Russia stated at a forum that they would only be used if the state or territory of Russia was in danger.
According to the US government, there is no indication that the Kremlin will attack Ukraine with nuclear weapons.
Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, said in response to what Mr. Putin said, “We don’t see any signs that Russia is getting ready to use a nuclear weapon.”
Russia’s most important ally, Belarus, was where Vladimir Putin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine began in February of last year.
By the end of the summer, according to Mr. Putin, the tactical nuclear warheads would have been transferred.
The move was made for “containment,” the Russian president said in response to questions following a speech at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, and to warn anyone “considering inflicting a strategic defeat on us.“
When the forum moderator inquired as to whether or not those weapons might be used, he responded, Why should we threaten the entire world? I’ve already stated that using drastic measures is a possibility if the Russian state is in danger.
Small nuclear warheads and delivery systems known as tactical nuclear weapons are designed for limited strikes or use on the battlefield. They are made to eliminate enemy targets in a particular location without generating significant radioactive fallout.
The smallest tactical nuclear weapons can have a yield of no more than one kiloton, which is equal to 1,000 tonnes of the explosive TNT. The biggest ones have a maximum mass of 100 kilotons. In contrast, the US dropped a 15-kiloton atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945.
Following their visit to Kyiv on Friday as part of a peace initiative they are presenting to both countries, African leaders are scheduled to meet with the Russian president in St. Petersburg.
However, the city came under a Russian missile attack while they were inside.
Cyril Ramaphosa, the president of South Africa, called for de-escalation on both sides and peace talks. He stated, We came here to listen and acknowledge what the people of Ukraine have gone through.
Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, argued that rather than making diplomatic overtures to Russia, the country should be cut off diplomatically as a sign that the world community deplored its invasion.
Mr. Zelensky stated that Kyiv would not engage in talks with Moscow as long as it was still occupying Ukrainian territory.
Additionally, Mr. Putin reiterated his belief that the ongoing counteroffensive by Ukraine had no chance of success. He added that the Ukrainian military was rapidly running out of its own supplies and would soon be dependent solely on equipment donated by the West.
He warned that any F16 US fighter jets given to Ukraine “will burn, no doubt about it,” adding that “you can’t fight for long like that.”
Similar criticisms have previously been dismissed by Ukraine, which claims they are making progress in retaking both eastern and southern Ukrainian territory.
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Hanna Malyar, the deputy minister of defence for Ukraine, reported on Friday that troops had advanced 2 kilometers in all directions in the south of the nation.
The Russian leader also discussed economic issues, arguing that sanctions imposed by the West on Russia had not succeeded in isolating it and had instead increased trade between Russia and “the markets of the future.“