Putin orders nuclear forces to stand by

ISLAMABAD, Feb 27 ( Alliance News): Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the country’s nuclear resistance forces to remain on high alert, and the international community has strongly condemned the act, calling it irresponsible.

“I have instructed the Minister of Defense and the Chief of General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces to order the Russian nuclear resistance forces to be ready,” he said in a televised address, according to foreign media.

Russia’s president has made the announcement at a time when sanctions are being imposed on it by world powers, which could hurt Russia’s economy.

Putin said he had ordered nuclear forces to remain on high alert because of the behavior of Western powers.

He says he made the decision following sanctions imposed on Russia and aggressive statements by NATO leaders.

Following Putin’s announcement, US officials warned that the Russian president’s decision could worsen the situation.

A senior US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it was clear that even the slightest carelessness would make the situation worse.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has called Putin’s order to keep nuclear resistance forces on alert “irresponsible.”

“This is a dangerous statement and this attitude is very irresponsible,” Jean-Stoll Tunberg told CNN.

“If you look at this statement in conjunction with the ongoing ground operations in Ukraine, the situation is very serious,” he said.

Following Putin’s announcement, the European Union announced for the first time in its history that it would buy arms for any country.

EU Commissioner Arsenal von der Leyen said that for the first time, the European Union would provide arms to a country under attack, while we would also impose strict sanctions on Russia.

He said Russian-owned or operated aircraft had been barred from entering European airspace.

The European Union (EU) has agreed to impose sanctions on Russia as well as its ally Belarus.

Finland, following in the footsteps of the European Union, has agreed to supply arms to Ukraine against Russia.

On the other hand, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has said that his country is ready to start peace talks with Russia.

After a telephone conversation with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, the Ukrainian leader said he was ready to send a delegation to the Belarusian-Ukrainian border for talks.

“We have agreed that the Ukrainian delegation will meet with the Russian delegation without any preconditions,” Vladimir Zelensky said.

Contrary to initial reports, Ukraine on Sunday afternoon claimed that despite attacks by the Russian military, Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city, was still under its control.

Earlier, it was reported that Russian troops had entered Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, and fighting was raging on the city’s streets.

Olivier Senhobov, head of Kharkiv’s regional administration, said Ukrainian forces were fighting Russian troops in the city and told citizens not to leave their homes.

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