Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his defence chiefs to place the nation’s nuclear “deterrence forces” on excessive alert Sunday and accused the West of taking “unfriendly” steps in opposition to his nation.
Worldwide tensions are already hovering over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and Putin’s order will trigger additional alarm.
Moscow has the world’s second-largest arsenal of nuclear weapons and an enormous cache of ballistic missiles which kind the spine of the nation’s deterrence forces.
“I order the defence minister and the chief of the general staff of the Russian armed forces to put the deterrence forces of the Russian army into a special mode of combat service,” Putin stated.
“You see that Western countries are not only unfriendly to our country in the economic sphere — I mean illegitimate sanctions,” he added, in a televised tackle.
“Senior officials of leading NATO countries also allow aggressive statements against our country.”
Defence Minister Shoigu replied: “Affirmative.”
The Russian president on Thursday ordered the invasion of Ukraine, sending shockwaves around the globe.
Russian floor forces have pressed into Ukraine from the north, east and south however have encountered fierce resistance from Ukrainian troops, the depth of which has seemingly shocked Moscow, in accordance with Western sources.
Ukrainian authorities describe some Russian troops as demoralised and exhausted, claiming that dozens have surrendered.
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