Zelensky responds to threat of Putin using nuclear weapons

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has just warned the world that Russian President Vladimir Putin might be preparing to use nuclear weapons, the Washington Examiner reports

Zelensky issued the warning during a recent interview with CNN.

It came after CIA Director Williams Burns, this week, suggested that Putin could end up resorting to tactical nuclear weapons in its war with Ukraine. Burns suggested that this is a real possibility considering the setbacks that Russia has faced.

“None of us can take lightly the threat posed by a potential resort to tactical nuclear weapons or low-yield nuclear weapons,” Burns said.

“It can be truth”

During the interview, Zelensky was asked by CNN host Jake Tapper whether he is worried about what Burns said, the possibility of Putin resorting to nuclear weapons.

“Not only me, I think, but all of the world, all of the countries have to be worried because you know that it can be not real information, but it can be truth,” Zelensky said.

Zelensky reemphasized that this is something that the whole world ought to be concerned about, arguing that steps ought to be taken in preparation for a potential nuclear assault from Russia.

“We should, I think, not be afraid, not be afraid but be ready,” he said. “But that is not a question for Ukraine, not only for Ukraine but for all the world, I think so.”

Background

Russian President Putin has, at several different points, suggested that he might use nuclear weapons, particularly against the West, since his invasion of Ukraine, which began on Feb. 24.

Most recently, Russia has warned the U.S. and NATO of “unpredictable consequences” of supplying Ukraine with more weaponry.

Russian forces, after failing to capture Ukraine, have recently had to withdraw from the Kyiv region. Since then, the Russians have consolidated their resources, and they are focusing their attacks on the Luhansk and Donetsk regions of Ukraine.

This doesn’t mean that Ukraine has won or has even achieved a partial victory. Experts believe that Russia has yet to launch its strongest offensive. When or if it will come is largely unclear.

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