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Russia backs off, says it won’t use nuclear weapons in Ukraine

In recent weeks, fears had been raised by Western intelligence services. The Russian president threatened to escalate the war to unprecedented levels.

Despite the escalation of tensions between Russia and the West in recent weeks, Moscow assured on Friday (6) that it will not use nuclear weapons in attacks on Ukrainian territory.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexei Zaistev said that this type of weapon is not part of the “special military operation”, as the Kremlin calls the war in Ukraine.

The assurance comes two days after Russia announced it had tested nuclear-capable missiles at a base in the country, putting the world on high alert.

Over the past few weeks, Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly threatened to escalate the war to unprecedented levels. Last week, in the face of growing Western arms shipments to Ukraine, Putin promised “withering answers” to anyone who interfered in Ukraine’s war.

The director of the CIA, the intelligence agency of the United States, William Burns, had already stated that the potential use of nuclear weapons could not be ruled out.

Russian Arsenal

Russia has many tactical nuclear weapons, less powerful than the Hiroshima bomb, for example. Lower in explosive charge than a strategic nuclear weapon, the tactical nuclear weapon is theoretically destined for the battlefield, being carried by a vector with a range of less than 5,500 km.

Source: With agencies

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