Russia’s Medvedev: We’d have to use a nuclear weapon if Ukrainian offensive was a success

Russia’s Medvedev: We’d have to use a nuclear weapon if Ukrainian offensive was a succes...

Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who has occasionally mentioned the possibility of a nuclear conflict over Ukraine, stated on Sunday that if Kyiv’s ongoing counter-offensive succeeded, Moscow would be compelled to utilize a nuclear weapon. Medvedev, who serves as the deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, a body chaired by President Vladimir Putin, conveyed this message through his official social media accounts, emphasizing that Russia would have no choice but to resort to its nuclear doctrine in such a scenario. He highlighted that if the offensive, supported by NATO, were to succeed and result in the seizure of Russian territory, the country would be obligated to employ a nuclear weapon according to the president’s decree. Medvedev asserted that there would be no alternative, and he warned that those who oppose Russia should hope for the success of its warriors to prevent the outbreak of a global nuclear conflict.

Medvedev, who has positioned himself as one of Moscow’s most assertive voices, appeared to be referring to a section of Russia’s nuclear doctrine that permits the use of nuclear weapons in response to aggression against Russia using conventional weapons, which poses a threat to the existence of the Russian state. This statement comes in the context of Ukraine’s efforts to reclaim territory that Russia unilaterally annexed and claimed as its own, a move that has been condemned by Kyiv and much of the Western world.

On Saturday, President Putin stated that there have been no significant changes in the battlefield situation in recent days and that Ukraine has suffered substantial losses of military equipment since June 4. Kyiv maintains that its forces are making progress in their mission to regain territory, albeit at a slower pace than desired.

Critics of the Kremlin have previously accused Medvedev of making extreme statements in an attempt to dissuade Western countries from continuing to supply arms to Ukraine.

Reporting by Andrew Osborn
Editing by Susan Fenton

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