On the fourth day of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the Russian army’s “deterrent force,” which may include a nuclear component, would be placed on alert.
In an interview with his colleagues, Putin stated, “I instruct the Minister of Defense and the Chief of Staff to place the Russian army’s deterrent forces on special combat alert. Military commanders made a television appearance.
“It’s clear,” Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu concurred.
NATO’s “bellicose rhetoric” toward Russia justified Mr Putin’s choice. He also called the economic sanctions imposed on Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine “illegitimate.”
The Russian deterrent forces are a set of units whose purpose is to deter an attack on Russia, “including in the event of war involving the use of nuclear weapons”, according to the Ministry of Defense.
These forces are equipped with missiles, strategic bombers, submarines and surface ships. On the defensive side, they include an anti-missile shield, space control systems, anti-aircraft and anti-satellite defence.
Russia launched an invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, sending international shock waves.
Ukraine’s presidency said on Sunday it had agreed to talks with Russia and that they will take place on the border with Belarus, near Chernobyl, a decision after mediation by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
“The Ukrainian delegation will meet the Russian (delegation) without setting any preconditions on the Ukrainian-Belarusian border, in the Pripyat River region,” the presidency said on social media.
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