VALENTYNA ROMANENKO – TUESDAY, 16 AUGUST, 11:02
Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu said that Russia does not need to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine, as "its main purpose is deterring a nuclear attack."
Source: Shoigu at the 10th Moscow Conference on International Security, quoted by Telegram of Dozhd [liberal-leaning Russian independent TV station that is based in Latvia since 2022]
Details: Shoigu called claims about the possible use of nuclear weapons by Russia "absurd".
At the same time, the Defence Minister of the Russian Federation repeated the cliche of Russian propaganda that "Kyiv is controlled by the combined forces of the West in a hybrid war against Russia."
He said that the responsibility for the death of the civilian population in Donbas also "lies with the Western countries through the supply of weapons, and NATO has no doubt that the goals of the special operation set by Russia will be achieved."
Background: National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine turned to the international community asking to define Russia’s actions at Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) as nuclear terrorism.
The current situation at ZNPP is not the first nuclear violation by Russia; prior to that, the occupiers illegally captured Chornobyl nuclear power plant and bombed the Source of Neutrons, the research nuclear facility in Kharkiv.
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