– The media spread speculation about the alleged use of Russian tactical nuclear weapons during a special military operation (this is what Russian propaganda calls the invasion of Ukraine) or the readiness to use chemical weapons. Shoigu was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying that all this information is an absolute lie.
And he assessed that “from a military point of view, there is no need to inflict such a blow on Ukraine.”
He further explained that the main goal of maintaining Russian nuclear weapons is to stop a nuclear attack. Its use is limited to emergencies, he said, “which are defined in publicly available Russian guidelines.”
The war in Ukraine. Who else believes Russia?
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin has made it clear that he is ready to use tactical nuclear weapons. Experts believe that this may be a relatively small load, used to destroy, for example, a large Ukrainian city in order to spread fear.
At the end of February, Russia put its nuclear forces in a state of increased combat readiness. After a few weeks Putin warned of ‘quick revenge’If the West interferes in Russian-Ukrainian affairs.
In turn, in April, CIA chief William Burns spoke of the “potential desperation” and failures of Putin, whose forces suffered heavy losses and were forced to withdraw from parts of northern Ukraine after the failed capture of Kyiv. “For these reasons, none of us can reduce the risks of using tactical nuclear weapons or low-capacity nuclear weapons,” Burns said.
According to experts, Russia has about 2,000. A lot of tactical nuclear weapons that can be launched by air, sea or land and used on the battlefield.
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