VLADIMIR PUTIN would never use nuclear weapons against the West, claimed former Russian Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev.
07:19, Tue, Mar 22, 2022 | UPDATED: 16:05, Tue, Mar 22, 2022
Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine continues to rage on as eight people were reported dead yesterday morning after a shopping centre and a number of houses were shelled in the Podilskyi district of Kyiv. Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Putin of war crimes in the besieged city of Mariupol, where 300,000 citizens are trapped without food, water or power amid heavy Russian shelling. An estimated 90 percent of the city’s buildings have been damaged and destroyed, yet Ukraine has ignored Russia’s demand to give up Mariupol, saying there is “no question of surrender”.
Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk suggested that the assault on Mariupol is personal for Putin, because the Russian President failed to capture the city eight years earlier when Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula.
Putin was condemned across the world after launching the invasion of Ukraine last month and the West duly responded by hitting Russia with severe sanctions.
Yet, the leader then ordered his military to put Russia’s nuclear deterrence forces on high alert, which the US labelled “totally unacceptable”.
Putin’s decision to explicitly brandish Russia’s nuclear arsenal sent shockwaves across the western world, however there is scepticism as to whether the President would ever resort to using such weapons.