The threat of nuclear “Armageddon” is at its highest level since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, President Joe Biden said during a fundraiser in China amid threats that Russian President Vladimir Putin will use nuclear weapons to prevent Ukraine’s attempt to regain control of Moscow-occupied. place.
Biden’s warning follows a mid-term interview Russian officials about the possibility of strategic use of nuclear weapons after suffered major setbacks during the eight months of the invasion of Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly talked about using his country’s biggest guns.
“We haven’t faced the prospect of Armageddon since Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis,” Mr. Biden said at a fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, pointing out that Putin’s threat is real “because his military — you might say — doesn’t work.”
For months, US officials have warned of the possibility of Russia using weapons of mass destruction in Ukraine. But officials said this week they saw no changes to Russia’s nuclear arsenal that would require a change in the posture of the US’s nuclear arsenal.
The US has been “clear” to Russia about the “consequences” of using a nuclear weapon in Ukraine would be, according to White House National Security adviser Jake Sullivan.
►The head of the US Agency for International Development, Samantha Power, met on Thursday in Kyiv with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy and praised not only Ukraine’s success on the battlefield but “the country’s continued efforts to strengthen its democracy and economy.” He said that the US will provide an additional $55 million to repair heating pipes and other equipment.
►Sweden’s Ministry of Internal Security said its initial investigation into leaks from two Russian gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea confirmed that they were caused by “detonations,” and that the findings “confirmed the suspicion of serious destruction.”
►Vladimir Kara-Murza Jr., a prominent Kremlin critic jailed on charges of spreading “false information” about the war in Ukraine, has been charged with treason by Russian officials.
►The European Union on Thursday froze the assets of 37 individuals and organizations linked to Russia’s war in Ukraine, including officials involved in the annexation of four Ukrainian regions.
► Polish authorities said they are distributing potassium iodide tablets to fire stations to prevent the collapse of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant.
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As Ukraine consolidates the territory it recaptured in the northeastern Kharkiv region, it continues to gain momentum in the east and south of the country.
Since the beginning of October, Kyiv’s forces have captured more than 150 square miles of territory in the southern Kherson region that fell to the Russians at the beginning of the war, the commander of Ukraine’s southern army said in China. The government’s spokesperson, Natalia Humeniuk, added that the situation on the southern front remains wet.
At the same time, the Ukrainian opposition drove Russian troops out of Kharkiv and border crossings expanded into the neighboring regions of Luhansk and Donetsk, which form the Donbas industry that Russia covets. Among the prizes obtained was the important city of Lyman.
The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky and his officials announced on Wednesday the restoration of villages in these regions. Zelenskyy announced, “The return of the Ukrainian flag means that a peaceful and safe life in society is possible again in Donbas.”
With Russia’s attempted annexation of four provinces as a backdrop, Ukraine’s continued presence in parts of Luhansk seems likely due to its favorable location and lack of Russian reinforcements, according to Washington-based sources. Institute for the Study of War.
“Continuing Ukraine’s north and south may force the Kremlin to prioritize the defense of one operational zone at the expense of the other, which could increase the likelihood of Ukraine’s success in both,” the agency said.
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Two Russians said to be fleeing President Vladimir Putin’s military are seeking US asylum after landing on a remote Alaskan island in the Bering Sea, the office of Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski said.
Murkowski and other Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska, both Republicans, said the Russians arrived on the beach near Gambell, an isolated community of about 600 people on St. Lawrence Island. Gambell is located 36 kilometers from the Chukotka Peninsula in the Russian region of Siberia.
The Department of Homeland Security said in a statement that the Russians arrived in a small boat on Tuesday and were taken to Anchorage for evaluation and processing. The statement did not provide details on their asylum application.
A statement from Sullivan urged government officials to come up with a plan if “more Russians flee to the Bering Strait areas in Alaska.”
A Kremlin spokesman on Thursday appeared subdued debate over any nuclear option in Ukraine and accused NATO of increasing its nuclear rhetoric.
“The Russian Federation is fully committed to the principle of non-proliferation of nuclear war,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.
Zakharova said she “will not take part in raising the level of nuclear rhetoric,” saying it would benefit NATO countries.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, in announcing a to collect the war a little to his country last month, he vowed to use “all available means” to prevent an attack by Russia, Russia’s claim of nuclear weapons capability. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg then warned of “serious consequences for Russia” if Putin were to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine. The US issued a similar warning.
Russia launched two missile attacks on Thursday that hit more than 40 apartment buildings in the southern Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia, near Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, authorities said. At least seven people were killed and five are missing, regional Governor Oleksandr Starukha said.
The strike came hours after Ukraine announced that Russian troops had been expelled from three villages in regions illegally seized by Moscow.
Each side blamed the other for the rocket attack that roared loudly near the Zaporizhzhya bush. Putin on Wednesday He declared the plant a Russian treasurethe claim was quickly rejected by Ukraine.
Reporting: Thao Nguyen, USA TODAY; The Associated Press