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Putin puts nuclear forces on alert as Ukraine agrees to talks with Russia

 

Copyright: Russian Defense Ministry Press Service

Following a recent reorganization of Russia's nuclear arsenal, President Vladimir Putin has ordered its Nuclear Weapons Deployment Forces to be on high alert. The move may be an effort to show off Russia's military strength and is surely not coincidental given escalating tensions over Ukraine linking up with Russian officials and the EU cutting off all Russian flights from its airspace.

President Zelenskyy of Ukraine has said he will meet with the Russians on the Belarusian border, after talking with Belarus president Lukashenko. We have been informed that Lukashenko - a close ally of Putin - has taken responsibility for ensuring that all planes and helicopters on Belarusian territory are grounded during the Ukrainian delegation's stay. The negotiations and their subsequent return are expected to be a safe process.

Zelenskyy announced that his government would not attend negotiations in Belarus, an ally of Moscow from which thousands of Russian troops had amassed before they invaded . He doubts that the meeting would provide any results but still opted to take part."so that no citizen of Ukraine would have any doubt that I, as president, tried to stop the war when there was still a chance."Zelenskyy said that he would remain in Kyiv while the talks progressed.

Russia has thousands of nuclear warheads in its arsenal, just as most other world powers, including NATO and the U.S. Putting nuclear deterrence forces on high alert for aggressive statements from NATO countries only raises the stakes of the conflict.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in an interview that Putin's move was "exactly the kind of manufactured threats" this invasion had been building up to.

The U.N. Security Council voted Sunday afternoon to convene a rare emergency special session of the General Assembly on Monday to address the Russian invasion.

The U.S. and European leaders are in efforts to target the assets of Russian oligarchs and sanctioned companies.A senior white house official hinted that Biden administration is launching a transatlantic task force to identify any "ill-gotten gains" from elites close to Putin and the Russian government. That is in addition to severe sanctions placed on Putin's personal assets and Russian banks over the last several days.

Furthermore Russian advancement has been slowed by the  Ukrainian resistance and logistical challenges, including fuel shortages. While the Russian military has sent about two-thirds of the forces that were amassed around Ukraine into the country, it has not been able to take control of any cities.

 

 

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