An ally of President Vladimir Putin warned NATO on Thursday that a Russian defeat in Ukraine could trigger a nuclear war. “The defeat of a nuclear power in a conventional war could lead to a nuclear war,” former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who serves as deputy chairman of Putin’s powerful Security Council, said in a post on Telegram.
“Nuclear powers have never lost major conflicts on which their fortunes depend,” said Medvedev, who was president from 2008 to 2012.
Meanwhile, a Ukrainian presidential aide said Thursday it was time for the West to stop fearing Russian President Vladimir Putin and send much-needed modern tanks to his war-torn country.
“It’s time for Putin to stop cowering and take the final step,” presidential adviser Mykhailo Podoliak tweeted.
Britain said on Thursday it would send 600 Brimstone missiles to war-torn Ukraine to help fight Russian forces, while Denmark said it would donate 19 French-made Caesar howitzer artillery systems to Ukraine.
After visiting the war-torn country, EU chief Charles Michael said Thursday that Ukraine “must provide” the tanks.
“I firmly believe that the supply of tanks is necessary,” Michael tweeted after talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. “We want to support you because we know the next few weeks could be decisive for him.”
Also, Ukrainian authorities were investigating the circumstances surrounding a helicopter crash that killed the country’s interior minister and 13 other people on Wednesday.