Ukraine war: Putin suggest he will use nukes ‘if necessary’

Putin suggests he WILL use nukes against anyone who ‘interferes’ in Ukraine, saying: ‘We have tools no-one else can boast of. We don’t want to brag about them, we will use them’

Vladimir Putin has vowed to use nuclear weapons against any country that dares to  ‘interfere’ with Russia’s war in Ukraine in his latest chilling threat to the West.

The despot, addressing legislators in St Petersburg today, said his response to anyone who ‘threatens’ Russia will be ‘lightning-fast’ and deadly.

‘If someone intends to interfere in what is going on from the outside they must know that constitutes an unacceptable strategic threat to Russia. They must know that our response to counter strikes will be lightning fast. Fast,’ he said.

‘We have all the weapons we need for this. No one else can brag about these weapons, and we won’t brag about them. But we will use them.’ 

Though Putin did not mention nuclear weapons directly, he was almost certainly referring to Russia’s new Sarmat 2 nuclear missile which was tested for the first time just days ago and that he boasted is unlike any other weapon in the world.   

Putin made the threat during an address to lawmakers in which he spoke at length about the ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine – promising once again that ‘all objectives will definitely be carried out’. 

He praised Russian troops, who he said were fighting ‘heroically’ to ‘prevent a large-scale conflict’ of exactly the kind he stands accused of causing which he claimed will remove ‘a real threat which was hanging over our motherland.’

Railing against Western ‘fascists’, he  added: ‘For years they turned our neighbouring Ukraine into an anti-Russia. 

‘Let me remind you that Russia was always sympathetic and acted as a friend and as a comrade and as a brother, it viewed the creation of the independent Ukrainian state – at the time we thought this would be a friendly state.

‘We would develop together and strengthen each-other and create the best conditions for our competition and development and of course we didn’t expect they would create anti-Russian on that territory. We cannot allow this.’

He said the West was trying to back the Russian ‘bear’ into a corner, and of then resorting to sanctions as a weapon of war when he resisted.

‘All that confirms our reaction to that was timely and correct,’ he said.