Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky stated on Friday that if Russia’s invasion fails, it may resort to nuclear weapons, echoing CIA Director William Burns’ warnings.
When asked about the threat, Zelensky stated “everyone in the world” should be concerned since Russia “began to talk about nuclear weapons or chemical weapons.”
He told CNN, “They could do it, I mean they can.” “People’s lives are meaningless to them… don’t be terrified — be prepared.”
Russia’s wartime defeats, according to Burns, have increased the possibility that President Vladimir Putin may use a tactical or low-yield nuclear bomb.
Shortly after the attack began on February 24, the Kremlin stated it had put Russian nuclear forces on high alert, but the US claims it has detected no unusual nuclear movements.
The “escalate to de-escalate” idea, which entails using a modest nuclear bomb to reclaim the initiative in a battle, is part of Russian military doctrine.
“Deeply anxious about avoiding a third world war, about avoiding a threshold where nuclear confrontation becomes likely,” stated US President Joe Biden, according to Burns.