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From a show of force to World War III. What if Putin’s revenge is nuclear? – Observer

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Russian attacks on Monday on several Ukrainian cities served as a retaliatory strike. Warning the authorities of Kyiv, which over the weekend partially destroyed the Kerch bridge connecting the Crimean peninsula with the Russian Federation. Vladimir Putin assured that “hard response” in case Russia is threatened again, without specifying how this will be done. Given recent threats, could the Russian head of state use nuclear weapons to avenge Ukraine’s future successes?

If he realizes this opportunity, Vladimir Putin will be able to use various types of nuclear weapons that Russia – the country in the world with the largest number of weapons of this kind – has at its disposal. The President of Russia could, for example, use tactical nuclear weapons with less destructive power and more limited effects. Or, more radically, you can choose devastation one entire region – and then the consequences may affect Russia itself.

From the very beginning of the invasion of Ukraine, the Russian authorities repeated the idea that they would use nuclear weapons only if it was in accordance with nuclear doctrine from the country. In other words, Russia uses nuclear weapons if: 1) the enemy uses such weapons first; 2) there is a threat to vital infrastructure, due to which the country loses control over its nuclear resources; 3) if Russia receives reliable information about the launch of a ballistic missile on the territory of Russia or its allies; four) if “the very existence of the state” is threatened.

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“I share your pain,” Putin told the mothers of Russian soldiers sent to war in Ukraine – War in Ukraine

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday told mothers of Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine that he “shares the pain” of those who have lost their children and urged them not to believe the “lie” about the invasion.

“I want you to know that I personally share your pain. We know that nothing can replace the loss of a child,” Putin said.

According to news site EuroNews, the Russian leader also added that Mother’s Day, celebrated in Russia this Sunday, will be marked this year by “a sense of unease and unease” among women whose “thoughts will be with their boys.”

Putin’s meeting with the soldiers’ mothers took place at the leader’s residence outside Moscow and was the first of its kind since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24. The Kremlin rarely talks about the losses suffered in Ukraine, and the meeting, which took place this Friday, comes after weeks of criticism on social media from relatives of soldiers mobilized in early autumn.

Many soldiers’ wives and mothers blamed the authorities for not properly training and equipping them before being sent to the front, EuroNews reports.

“Life is more complicated than what you see on TV or on the Internet, where you can’t trust anything. A lot of false information, a lot of lies,” Putin replied.

The Russian president also said he occasionally talks on his cell phone to soldiers sent to Ukraine and said he was “surprised” by their “state of mind.”

“They give me reason to say that they are heroes, it’s true,” he added.

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Russia sends elite paratroopers to the front line in Donbass after leaving Kherson – Obozrevatel

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In the first hours of the invasion, on February 24, Russian paratroopers were in the Kyiv area. A few weeks ago they were dedicated to the defense of territories west of the Dnieper, in Kherson. After the withdrawal of Russian troops, some units are sent to a new front, this time to the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

British Ministry of Defense disclosed that, despite the “strong weakening” during the nine months of the war, part of the units of the Russian Air Force (VDV) will return to the combat front.

Some of these units will be reinforced by Russians called up during the partial mobilization announced in September by President Vladimir Putin. Despite the promise of training and equipment, soldiers arrive in Ukraine ill-prepared, and there are already records of the first deaths among mobilized Russian troops. However, the British Ministry assumes that the new elements integrated into the Airborne Forces will be sent to the most important places.

Russian soldiers died in Ukraine 10 days after being sent

In the most recent report, the United Kingdom points out that “although these untrained soldiers undermine the supposedly elite capability of the Airborne Forces, Russia is likely to deploy these units in sectors considered particularly important.”

In the Donbass, units are expected to support the defense of the Kremina-Svatovo area in Lugansk. According to The Telegraph, it was in this city that Russian troops settled after leaving Kharkov. The British ministry also says units could be sent to reinforce defensive operations in the town of Bakhmut in Donetsk, which has been one of the hotbeds of heavy fighting in recent weeks.

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Iranian advisers killed in Crimea by Ukrainian security forces – Obozrevatel

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A senior Ukrainian security official confirmed the killing of military advisers in Crimea and warned that any Iranians in Ukraine who support Russia’s invasion of the country would be targeted by firing squad.

Statements were made by Secretary of the Council of National Defense and Defense of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov, who said that the Iranians were in Crimea in order to to teach Russian soldiers to operate Shahed-136 combat dronessupplied to Russia by Iran.

Although Danilov did not confirm how many Iranian troops were killed by Kyiv forces in October, the Israeli newspaper Jerusalem Post It was reported that ten councilors were killed during Ukraine’s attack on Crimea, which has been occupied by Russia since 2014.

According to The keeperin an interview in Kyiv, Danilov downplayed the attack, saying the soldiers were “collaborating with terrorists and taking part in the destruction” of Ukraine. “You shouldn’t be where you shouldn’t be”he added.

After Tehran initially denied supplying the drones to Moscow, Iran’s foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahyanconfirmed that the government provided “a limited number of drones to Russia months before the war in Ukraine.

Iran admits for the first time that it supplied drones to Moscow

In an interview Thursday, Danilov said it remains to be determined if Iran will supply ballistic missiles to Russia in addition to drones, saying if that’s true, then Moscow.does not have the ability to produce its own missilesat least in numbers that would allow him to continue a full-scale war.

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The Ukrainian official also questioned the effectiveness of sanctions imposed on Iran by the West, given that the country, which “has been under sanctions since 1979,” has the ability to “produce such weapons.”

The official documents lying on Alexei Danilov’s desk were covered with white sheets for security reasons, but in the middle of them was a game of chess with only one black pawn going forward. When asked about the symbolism of the board, Danilov replied that the game is a metaphor for a world where the rules no longer apply or respect.

“It shows that now everyone has begun [a jogar] with black,” said the soldier. “Or that black can also be white, or that it can be gray.”

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