On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened the West with nuclear weapons, saying to world leaders “I’m not bluffing.”
Putin’s statement comes on the heals of the Russian Federation announcing they are mobilizing 300,000 reservist troops, which is the first occurrence of such a move since WWII.
Putin said regarding escalations in the region, If the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will use all available means to protect Russia and our people – this is not a bluff… I shall stress – by all means available to us. Those trying to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the tables can turn on them.’
Putin went on to say, “Citizens who are currently in the reserve will be subject to conscription. And above all, those who served in the armed forces have a certain military specialty and relevant experience.”
Putin’s ramped-up rhetoric and actions comes after Ukrainian military made extraordinary gains, which have threated Putin’s ambitions.
Before Putin made his speech, Ukrainian President Zelensky said, “The Russians can do whatever they want. It will not change anything. Ukraine has every right to liberate its territories and will keep liberating them whatever Russia has to say.”
An official in Ukraine’s defense ministry has noted that Russia is seeing “nine in ten” losses to every one Ukrainian.