Intelligence agencies believe that the Russian Federation can target such weapons at places along the front line, where a large number of personnel and equipment are deployed.
Ukrainian intelligence assesses the threat of use by Russia tactical nuclear weapons against Ukraine as “very high”.
As reported on the official website site of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of Ukraine, this was stated by the representative of intelligence Vadym Skibitsky in an interview with “The Guardian”.
“The strikes will probably be aimed at places along the front line, where a large number of personnel and equipment are deployed, as well as at important command centers and critical infrastructure. To stop them, we need not only anti-aircraft, but also anti-missile systems,” he noted. Skibitskyi.
According to him, almost the entire male population has been mobilized in the temporarily occupied territories of Luhansk and Donetsk regions.
“We see that in the temporarily occupied territories of Luhansk and Donetsk regions, almost the entire male population is mobilized. According to our assessment, after the annexation by Russia of the occupied territories of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions, mobilization will be announced there as well,” said a representative of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
Skibitsky emphasized that Ukraine’s task is to inflict the greatest losses on Russia on the battlefield, which, along with sanctions and political isolation, will have an impact on the Russian economy and society.
Mobilization in Russia
As UNIAN reported, on September 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking about nuclear weapons, said that he would use all available means in the event of an alleged threat to the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation. In his emergency speech, dedicated to the announcement of partial mobilization in the Russian Federation, he said: “All those who try to blackmail us in this way should know that the wind rose can turn in their direction.”
The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi said that he does not believe that Putin will use nuclear weapons.
Also, the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Jens Stoltenberg, noted that Russia is aware of the grave consequences in this case use of nuclear weapons.
On September 24, Vice President of the European Commission, High Representative of the EU for Foreign and Security Policy Josep Borrell stated that The EU should take the Russian president’s threats seriously about the possibility of using nuclear weapons. According to Borrell, the war has reached a “dangerous moment”.
On September 27, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Oleksiy Danilov, said that Russia’s use is possible nuclear weapons will not stop Ukraine from defending its territories.