Russia 'will use their nuclear forces' says TV host

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US intelligence officials have stressed the Russian President’s finger might hover over the red button if perceived existential threats, such as NATO, become an issue. Intelligence chiefs briefing the Senate suggested a “more unpredictable and escalatory” response, such as a nuclear weapons attack, might be taken if Russia verges towards defeat amid its invasion. US Director of national intelligence Avril Haines said: “We do think that [Putin’s fear of an existential threat] could be the case in the event that he perceives that he is losing the war in Ukraine.

“And that NATO, in effect, is either intervening or about to intervene in that context, which would obviously contribute to a perception that he is about to lose the war in Ukraine. “

And if this happens, Ms Haines warned Moscow might unleash a nuclear warhead.

But she added: “There are a lot of things that he would do in the context of escalation before he would get to nuclear weapons.

“And also that he would be likely to engage in some signalling beyond what he’s done thus far before doing so.”

But embarrassingly for Putin, Ms Haines exposed a “mismatch between his ambitions and Russia’s current conventional capabilities.”

This comes after the Russian president warned the West not to get involved in Ukraine in a horror warning back in April, claiming Russia would respond in “lightning-fast” style.
The warning came after he put his strategic nuclear forces on “high alert”.

Putin told Russian lawmakers: “If someone intends to intervene in the ongoing events from the outside and create strategic threats for Russia that are unacceptable to us, they should know that our retaliatory strikes will be lightning fast.

“We have all the tools for this, things no one else can boast of having now. And we will not boast, we will use them if necessary. And I want everyone to know that.”

Meanwhile, the Kremlin has been unveiling some terrifying new weapons in its nuclear arsenal.

On Tuesday (May 10), Russian troops practised the simulated “electronic launches” of nuclear-capable Iskander mobile ballistic missile systems (ICMs). The exercise took place in the western enclave of Kaliningrad, in the Baltic Sea between Poland and Lithuania.

But this is just one system in a stockpile of nearly 6,000 nuclear weapons.

Another ICBM unveiled by Russia in recent weeks is the “Satan-II”, capable of carrying 10 or more nuclear warheads and can hit targets in the US and Europe.

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The Russian ICBM was successfully tested last month and was dubbed a “super-weapon” by the head of Russia’s space agency, Dmitry Rogozin.

Mr Rogozin told Russian state TV that the Sarmat missiles would be based in the Siberian town of Uzhur, in the Krasnoyarsk region, about 3,000 kilometres (1,864 miles) east of Moscow.

The test also came after a Russian MP warned that the UK was a “prime target” for Moscow due to its strong support for Ukraine amid the invasion.

Speaking on Kremlin-controlled state TV, Russia-1, a Russian lawmaker said that Russia “can carry out a nuclear strike against Great Britain”

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