The four occupied regions of Ukraine that Vladimir Putin annexed to Russia are under the protection of Moscow’s nuclear arsenal. This was announced by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, quoted by TASS.
“The regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhia and Kherson are inalienable parts of the Russian Federation and their security is ensured at the same level as the rest of the territory of Russia,” Peskov answered when asked if these regions were under Moscow’s nuclear umbrella. It is the clearest indication yet that the Kremlin will use its nuclear weapons to defend them, and comes as Vladimir Putin steps up the war in Ukraine by targeting new attacks on Ukrainian energy and water facilities.
In the Russian nuclear doctrine, it is written that such weapons can be used when “the existence of the state is threatened.”
At the same time, the president of Ukraine announced that 30% of the power plants in the country have been destroyed since October 10.
“A New Kind of Russian Terrorist Attacks: Targeting Energy and Critical Infrastructure. There are no opportunities left for negotiations with Putin,” said Volodymyr Zelensky. The attacks left some cities in Ukraine without electricity and water for hours until supplies were restored.
“The situation is critical throughout our country. One region depends on another. We need to prepare throughout the country for both electricity, water and heat supply shutdowns,” said the Deputy Chairman of the President’s Office, Kyrillo Tymoshenko.
Last week, in a meeting with members of the Security Council, the Russian leader announced that a massive strike with precision weapons would be launched against Ukraine’s military, communications and energy facilities.