Moscow. Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia would continue to develop its military capability and readiness of its nuclear forces against Moscow’s Western-backed offensive in Ukraine. Putin said in a televised meeting with senior officials of his country: “The combat capability of the armed forces and our armed forces is continuously increasing every day. And we will certainly move this process forward.
He said Russia would also improve its “combat readiness for our nuclear test”. The Russian leader also gave information on the new Zircon hypersonic cruise missile, which Russian troops will be able to use from January. Putin said: “At the beginning of January, the frigate Admiral Gorshkov will be equipped with the new Zircon hypersonic missile, which has no competition in the world.”
Almost ten months of war have passed. Meanwhile, Russia has faced continuous and humiliating failures on the ground in Ukraine. However, Russia is now stepping up airstrikes on Ukraine during the war.
What did Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu say?
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday that Russian troops in Ukraine were fighting the “united forces of the West”. Shoigu also said that Moscow planned to use two Ukrainian port cities on the Sea of Azov, which its troops seized during the invasion. Shoigu said: “The ports of Berdyansk and Mariupol are fully functional. We plan to deploy support vessels, emergency rescue services and some infrastructure for naval repair units there.
Russia may adopt US pre-emptive strike strategy: Putin
Putin’s statement comes days after he warned on December 9 that Moscow could adopt the US strategy of strike first in response to the threat of enemy attack and it had the means to do so. Referring to US policy, Putin said at the conference of the Economic Alliance of Former Soviet Countries in Kyrgyzstan: “We are only thinking about this.” He hasn’t been shy about talking about it openly in recent years.
Keywords: Russia, Ukraine, Vladimir Poutine
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