Russia Threatens Nuclear Response If Ukraine War Lost

( – Just over two years into the war, one Russian official has reiterated his threat of nuclear retaliation if the West continues to provide aid to Ukraine. On February 18, Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev said that the plan for Ukraine to retake territory claimed by Russia would lead to a war with the West, using “the entire strategic arsenal of our state.” He vowed that Russia would use nuclear weapons in the capitals of Ukraine, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The Russian Constitution was amended to include areas it now considers to be part of the Russian Republic, including areas that were taken back in 2014. Medvedev also demanded that citizens support the war effort, or the threat of a civil war could become a reality. While his threats are a revamped version of similar remarks in 2023, he also said that he believes Russia would be victorious over Ukraine soon. He boasted about the power of the Russian military, claiming that it could stack up to any other military in the world. Medvedev previously threatened to use nuclear weapons after an arrest warrant was issued against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

During his infamous February 6 interview with Tucker Carlson, Putin said that using nuclear weapons was not being considered. He said that it would be nonsensical to engage in a global war that would “bring all humanity to the brink of destruction.” Lawmakers in Washington are stalled in negotiations to provide aid to the war-torn country, but not because of threats from Russia. Many Republican lawmakers have demanded that funding for the southern border take precedence over providing foreign aid, but neither party can come to a bipartisan solution over the matter. The bill passed by the Senate to provide $95 billion in funding for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, as well as humanitarian aid to Gaza, will likely die in the House.

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