Russia-Ukraine war: Putin puts Russian nuclear deterrent forces on high alert

Moscow: Today is the fourth day of the war between Russia and Ukraine. Despite all the criticism at the international level, Russia is still not ready to back down from its military campaign against Ukraine.

Russia is continuously bombing Ukrainian military bases and residential areas.

However, both the countries have indicated that they are open to talks in this regard. But so far no concrete steps have been taken in this direction.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday put the country’s anti-nuclear forces on “special” alert amid rising tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

Putin announced the move during a meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of Staff Valery Gerasimov, RT News reported.

“Western countries are taking unfriendly actions against our country not only in the economic sphere. I am speaking about the illegitimate sanctions that everyone is well aware of. However, the top officials of the major NATO countries are also against our country. make offensive statements as if good,” Putin said.

In addition, Ukraine has agreed to meet with a Russian delegation in Belarus, and the Russians are moving to the location where the talks will take place, Vladimir Medinsky, the head of the Russian delegation, said on Sunday.

The Belta news agency reported that talks are expected to take place in the Gomel region on the Ukrainian-Belarusian border. According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, the Russian delegation is ready for talks and awaits the arrival of their Ukrainian counterparts.

“As you know, the President (of Belarus Alexander) Lukashenko had a phone call with the President [of Ukraine Volodymyr] Zelensky. After that, President Lukashenko turned to the Russian side, to the President [Vladimir] Putin asked him not to withdraw the Russian delegation, as Ukraine had indicated its willingness to engage in talks in the Gomel region,” Peskov said.

First published:February 27, 2022, 8:18 PM

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