The Russian Defense Ministry has announced that there will be an increase in airstrikes on the Ukrainian capital, kyiv. “The number and scale of rocket attacks on targets in Kyiv will increase in response to terrorist attacks or acts of sabotage by the nationalist regime in Kyiv on Russian territory,” the ministry said on Friday.
The day before, Moscow had accused the kyiv government of attacking Russian border towns. An independent review of the allegations was not possible.
In response, Russia attacked a “military” factory outside kyiv on Thursday evening with long-range, sea-launched Kalibr missiles, he said. Among other things, an AFP journalist saw on Friday a partially destroyed weapons factory near the Ukrainian capital, in which rockets of the “Neptune” type are produced.
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According to their own statements, the Ukrainian Armed Forces previously sank the Russian flagship “Moskva” with the latter. A workshop and an administrative building at the Wisar weapons complex near kyiv were destroyed, the AFP journalist reported.
Moscow also said its S-400 missile system shot down a Ukrainian Mi-8 helicopter that “carried out an attack on civilians in the village of Klimovo, Bryansk region, on April 14.” kyiv has denied the helicopter attack, instead accusing Russia of staging the incidents to foment “anti-Ukrainian hysteria”.
Given Russia’s military setbacks in Ukraine, the possible threat of Russian use of tactical nuclear bombs should not be taken lightly, according to CIA chief William Bill Burns.
Moscow has used threatening gestures to make statements about its increased nuclear weapons readiness, but so far the United States has seen little practical evidence such as troop movements or preparations. military, the head of the US foreign intelligence service said at a university on Thursday. in the state of Georgia.
Referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Burns said: “Given the possible desperation of President Putin and the Russian leadership, given the military setbacks suffered so far, none of us can underestimate the threat of a possible use of tactical or low-yield nukes take the shoulder. We don’t,” Burns said.
By tactical nuclear weapons, we mean nuclear weapons whose range and explosive power are significantly lower than those of strategic nuclear weapons. They could theoretically be used in combat as a powerful alternative to conventional weapons. Russia has an arsenal of tactical nuclear weapons with yields lower than those of the bombs dropped by the United States on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II.
There is an “escalate to defuse” principle in Russian military doctrine, which calls for a first strike with a low-yield nuclear weapon if Russia falls behind in a conflict with the West. The hope behind this would be that the other side would withdraw after this signal to avoid complete mutual annihilation in a nuclear war with large strategic nuclear bombs.
US President Joe Biden’s policy aims to “avoid a third world war, to avoid a threshold at which … a nuclear conflict becomes possible”, declared the head of the CIA. The president therefore made it clear that neither the United States nor NATO would intervene directly in the war in Ukraine.
Concerns in the West about Moscow’s possible nuclear weapons plans grew when Putin put Russia’s deterrent weapons on high alert at the start of the war in Ukraine. Russia also counts its nuclear bombs among these weapons.
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According to the assessment of Kyiv and Western states, a major Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine is imminent after the withdrawal of Russian ground forces from the greater Kyiv region. According to experts, Moscow’s goal is to establish a direct land connection between the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, annexed in 2014, and areas of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions controlled by pro-Russian separatists.
But persistent rain in recent days could benefit Ukraine in its fight against invading Russian troops, a senior US Department of Defense official said on Thursday. “The fact that the ground is softer” will make it more difficult for the Russian military “to do anything outside of paved roads,” said the US official, who asked to remain anonymous.
For its part, Russia has once again warned Finland and Sweden of the “consequences” of a possible NATO membership. Such a step would also have consequences “on the European security architecture as a whole,” said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova. The two countries would then find themselves “automatically on the frontline of NATO”.
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned on Thursday that Russia would station nuclear weapons near the three Baltic states and Scandinavia if Finland or Sweden decided to join NATO. (dpa, AFP)