Crisis in Ukraine: Zelensky echoes fears that Russia may use nuclear weapons – News

Ukraine’s president says the world should be worried if Russia starts talking about nuclear weapons or some chemical weapons

A destroyed Russian tank is seen on the outskirts of Sumy. —Reuters


Published: Fri 15 April 2022, 22:01

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Friday that Russia may use nuclear weapons in desperation as its invasion fails, echoing comments by CIA Director William Burns.

Asked about the threat, Zelensky said “the whole world” should be worried that Russia “starts talking about…nuclear weapons or certain chemical weapons.”

“They could do it, I mean they can,” he told CNN. “For them, the life of the people is nothing… let’s not be afraid, be ready.”


Burns said Thursday that Russia’s setbacks on the battlefield increased the risk that President Vladimir Putin could deploy a tactical or low-yield nuclear weapon.

The Kremlin said it placed Russian nuclear forces on high alert shortly after the assault began on February 24, but the United States says it saw no signs of unusual nuclear movements.

Russian military doctrine includes the principle of “escalation for de-escalation”, which consists of launching a small nuclear weapon to regain the initiative in the war.

US President Joe Biden is “deeply concerned with avoiding World War III, with avoiding a threshold where nuclear conflict becomes possible,” Burns said.

Christi C. Elwood