Ukraine Russia war: USA warns Russia about catastrophic consequences if Russia uses nuclear weapons in Ukraine
“If Russia crosses this line, there will be catastrophic consequences for Russia. The United States will respond decisively,” Sullivan told NBC’s “Meet the Press” television program. The latest U.S. warning followed a thinly veiled nuclear threat made on Wednesday by President Vladimir Putin, who said Russia would use any weapons to defend its territory.
The United States warns on Sunday of “catastrophic consequences” if Russia uses nuclear weapons in Ukraine”. U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Sunday the United States would respond to any Russian use of nuclear weapons against Ukraine and that it had spelled out to Moscow the “catastrophic consequences” it would face.
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Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made the point more directly at a news conference on Saturday after a speech to the U.N. General Assembly in New York in which he repeated Moscow’s false claims to justify the invasion that the elected government in Kyiv was illegitimately installed and filled with neo-Nazis.
Asked if Russia would have grounds for using nuclear weapons to defend annexed regions, Lavrov said Russian territory, including territory “further enshrined” in Russia’s constitution in the future, “is under the full protection of the state.”
Russian control over Ukraine
The territory controlled by Russian forces in the four regions represents about 15% of Ukraine, an area roughly the size of Portugal. It would add to Crimea, an area nearly the size of Belgium that Russia claims to have annexed in 2014. Ukrainian forces still control some territory in each of the regions, including around 40% of Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia’s provincial capital. Heavy fighting continued along the entire front, especially in northern Donetsk and in Kherson.
The general staff of the Ukrainian armed forces said in a statement that Russia had launched four missile and seven air strikes. Instances of shelling targets in Ukraine are hitting dozens of towns, including in and around the Donetsk and Kherson regions.
Russian Withdrawal and Protests
Russian President Putin’s approve a new law. Those who do not participate in military training will serve up to 10 years in prison. Those who voluntarily surrender to the enemy or who will flee the battlefield will face 10 years and 15 years of prison respectively. The law on granting citizenship to foreigners in the Russian army is also passed on this regard.
Putin on Wednesday ordered Russia’s first military mobilization since World War Two. The move triggered protests across Russia and sent many men of military age fleeing. Two of Russia’s most senior lawmakers on Sunday addressed a string of complaints about the mobilization, ordering regional officials to swiftly solve “excesses” stoking public anger.
Flights from Russia are reaching full capacity in Turkey. Citizens have been evacuated from Russia after youths were forced to join the Russian army. Turkish Airlines and Pegasus Airlines have stopped new bookings, fares have increased by 100%. Thousands of Russians are in line up for evacuation at the border of Georgia.