Putin Ally Threatens Nuclear Attack If Red Line Crossed

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An ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday threatened a nuclear attack if Ukraine continues to destroy Russia’s missile launchers.

“Certain thickheaded trench monkeys of Banderostan have made a point that the best method to fight Russia is to destroy our missile launchers all over Russia using the Western-provided long-range missiles,” Dmitry Medvedev, who serves as the deputy chair of the Russia’s security council, wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

“What does it mean? Just one thing: they risk matching Point 19 of Foundations of State Policy of the Russian Federation in the Area of Nuclear Deterrence, (d): ‘[A]ggression against the Russian Federation with the use of conventional weapons when the very existence of state is in jeopardy.'”

Medvedev, who previously served as Russia’s president and prime minister, claimed that Ukraine’s attacks have “nothing to do with the right of self-defense,” adding, “it is an unequivocal and obvious ground for us to use the nuclear weapons against such a state.

Dmitry Medvedev, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaks during the Congress of the United Russia Party, on December 4, 2021, in Moscow, Russia. Medvedev threatened a nuclear attack if Ukraine continues to destroy Russia’s missile launchers in a social media post on January 11, 2024.
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“And it is a must to remember for all the successors of Hitler, Mussolini, Pétain, and others in present-day Europe, that favours nazis in Kiev,” he added.

Newsweek reached out to the Russian government via online form and Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs via email for comment.

On Tuesday, Ukraine’s special operations forces released a video on Facebook claiming to show the military using a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) to destroy a Russian TOS-1A, a multiple launch rocket system, in southern Ukraine.

The video showed the TOS-1A camouflaged in a forest and then a fiery explosion. In the caption of the video, Ukrainian forces wrote, translated into English: “see how beautifully it burns.”

This month, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said during a phone call with U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak that Russia launched at least 500 missiles and drones at Ukraine in a five-day period.

When Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, Putin claimed his country’s goal was the “demilitarization and denazification” of its western neighbor.

Putin’s allies have compared Ukraine’s treatment of Russian speakers in the country with actions taken by Nazi Germany during the Holocaust in the 20th century. His claims have been refuted by the Ukrainian government and its allies.

Zelensky has claimed that Russia’s invasion is just a land and power grab from Putin.

“On February 24, 2022, the Russian leadership tried to restore their empire, whether Russian, Soviet, or hybrid. But we didn’t fail. Our people. Our friends. The entire free world,” Zelensky wrote on X on Thursday.