Moscow (Times Of Ocean)- The Russian president’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, repeatedly refused to rule out any possible use of nuclear weapons, maintaining they could be used as a response to an alleged “existential threat.”
Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov says it can be an existential threat for our country.
During an interview with CNN International’s Christiane Amanpour, Peskov was asked about the conditions that would justify such a response. He did not elaborate further.
Peskov conceded that Putin has yet to achieve his goals in Ukraine one month after the invasion, but asserted that the war is “executed strictly according to the plans and purposes that were set beforehand.”
According to a senior Pentagon official, Russia has lost more than 10% of its forces in Ukraine.
According to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, Moscow now has “below” 90% of the forces it amassed in Belarus and western Russia ahead of its military operation beginning Feb. 24.
On Monday, a pro-Kremlin tabloid reported that Russian Defense Ministry data indicated 9,861 Russians had been killed and 16,153 injured during the war. The report from Komsomolskaya Pravda was quickly removed.
Since early March, when it reported 498 deaths, the Russian Defense Ministry has not publicly given the number of casualties.
Since Russia’s attack on its western neighbor began, at least 953 civilians have been killed and around 1,557 others have been injured in Ukraine. However, the UN has warned that the true toll is likely to be much higher, since it has not yet been able to gain access to areas of increased hostilities.
According to the UN Refugee Agency, the war has also driven 10 million people from their homes, either internally or as refugees.