Old Russia President Dmitry Medvedev said Moscow has the right to defense and that it is “absolutely not a bluff” in using nuclear weapons.
Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council, said Moscow has the right to respond if action is taken without consulting Russia on the referendums taking place in eastern Ukraine.
While Russia’s attacks on Ukraine continued on February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that partial military mobilization was declared on September 21.
Reacting to the West in his statement, Putin said that the West was blackmailing Russia with nuclear weapons. “I’m telling the West, we have a lot of weapons to respond. This is not a bluff, this is not a bluff,” Putin said.
REFERENDUM DECISION FROM SEPARATIONIST REGIONS
Russian-backed separatist leaders in Donetsk announced that they would hold a referendum on joining Russia. Officials in the Russian-controlled Kherson region also announced that they would demand a referendum to join Russia.
The referendum, which started on September 23 in Donetsk, Luhansk and Kherson, will end today.
Putin said that they support the independence decisions of Ukraine’s Donbas, Zaporizhia and Kherson regions.
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