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All 'available means': Putin threatens nuclear escalation, mobilizes Russian reserves

Added 09-21-22 11:03:02am EST - “Russian President Vladimir Putin lobbed nuclear threats Wednesday at the West as he announced the partial mobilization of his country's military reserves, hinting that the Kremlin may be setting the stage for major escalation as its…” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “All ‘available means’: Putin threatens nuclear escalation, mobilizes Russian reserves”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Russian President Vladimir Putin lobbed nuclear threats Wednesday at the West as he announced the partial mobilization of his country’s military reserves, hinting that the Kremlin may be setting the stage for major escalation as its ground invasion of Ukraine falters.

In a seven-minute televised address, Mr. Putin claimed Ukraine and its Western allies want to erode Russia’s independence. He vowed that Moscow will use all tools at its disposal to stop that effort and said his warnings are not a “bluff.”

“Those who are attempting to blackmail us with nuclear weapons must be aware that the prevailing winds may also turn towards their side,” Mr. Putin said, according to his country’s state-run TASS news agency.

“Russian citizens must be confident: the territorial integrity of our motherland, our independence and freedom will be ensured. Let me stress it again: this will be ensured by all of our available means,” he said.

Russian officials have made past references to nuclear escalation throughout the nearly seven-month conflict in Ukraine.

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