Russia Announces Deadly Ultimatum if Ukraine Retakes ‘Russian Land’

Russia Announces Deadly Ultimatum if Ukraine Retakes ‘Russian Land’

( – Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned on Sunday that if Ukraine’s counteroffensive is successful and it retakes “Russian land,” Moscow will not hesitate to deploy nuclear weapons.

On Sunday, the rhetorical battle between Russia and Ukraine heated up again when Zelensky said it was “absolutely fair” for Russian lands to be targeted.

Top Putin friend Dmitry Medvedev threatened to use nuclear weapons to end the war.

On Navy Day in Russia, the former president declared on his Telegram channel: “Our Armed Forces repel the counteroffensive of the collective enemy, protecting the people of Russia and our nation. All good people can see this.”

“But beyond that, they prevent world conflict. After all, if we imagine that the offensive of the [Ukrainian Nazis] with the support of NATO was successful and they seized part of our land, then we would have to, by virtue of the rules of the decree of the President of Russia dated 06/02/2020, go for the use of nuclear weapons.”

“There is simply no other way out. Therefore, our enemies must pray to our warriors. They do not allow the global nuclear fire to flare up,” Medvedev concluded.

In light of London’s steadfast backing for Ukraine’s struggle against Russia, Medvedev has emerged as one of the most aggressive voices in Moscow, even going so far as to threaten to throw the UK into the “abyss” with nuclear weapons.

He mainly referred to an executive order Vladimir Putin issued in June 2020 outlining the Kremlin’s policy on “nuclear deterrence” in his post on Sunday.

“The Russian Federation reserves the right to use nuclear weapons in response to the use of nuclear and other types of weapons of mass destruction against it and/or its allies, as well as in the event of aggression against the Russian Federation with the use of conventional weapons when the very existence of the state is in jeopardy,” the document states.

Kyiv is currently starting an attempt to reclaim territory that Russia illegally annexed in the Donetsk area and the Crimean Peninsula.

President Zelensky asserted last week that despite slow progress, his forces had reclaimed some territory in the province of Zaporizhzhia, which borders the Donetsk region.

Russia views Crimea and Donetsk, which both have sizable ethnic Russian populations, as its own territory and essential to national security.

Despite Medvedev’s vow to use nuclear weapons to defend “Russian land,” it appears possible that the threat would still hold true if Ukraine liberated its own internationally recognized area from Russian domination.

President Joe Biden expressed concern about a possible “armageddon” scenario in which Russia would use nuclear weapons, and his national security adviser Jake Sullivan claimed that the White House “communicated directly, privately, and at very high levels to the Kremlin that any use of nuclear weapons will be met with catastrophic consequences for Russia.”

President Vladimir Putin stated this past weekend that Russia aims to avoid a direct battle with the Western NATO alliance but added: “If someone wants it – and that’s not us – then we’re ready.” This came after a conference with African leaders in St. Petersburg.

With Ukraine reportedly stepping up attacks on the Russian mainland after drone strikes hit a building in Moscow over the weekend, the Russian regions of Crimea and Donetsk may not be the only ones under consideration for the nuclear option.

President Zelensky declared after the strike that “war is returning to the territory of Russia” and that it is “inevitable, natural, and absolutely fair” for Ukraine to attack Russian targets.

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