Russia Ukraine conflict: Latest updates
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Kyiv: Some senior Russian military commanders last month discussed deploying nuclear weapons against Ukraine on the battlefield, US officials noted. Notably, Russian President Vladimir Putin was not a part of the said discussion. On the other hand, a Ukrainian leader claimed that the ongoing conflict could see the first confirmed use of ‘killer robots’ in the battlefield as Ukraine has developed drones that are capable of finding targets autonomously.
Last month, US President Joe Biden warned Russia that it would be making an ‘incredibly serious mistake’ if it used a tactical nuclear weapon against Ukraine. “Let me just say: Russia would be making an incredibly serious mistake if it uses a tactical nuclear weapon,” Biden said while addressing reporters at the White House.
Two US officials told CBS that senior Russian commanders discussed using nuclear weapons against Ukraine, however, Russian President Putin was not a part of this discussion.
Ukraine set to deploy ‘killer robots’
A Ukrainian military leader claimed that Ukraine has developed drones that are capable of finding targets autonomously. The Russia-Ukraine conflict could see the first use of ‘killer robots on a battlefield. Recently, Ukraine developed apps to spot Russian drone attacks.
A lieutenant colonel in the Ukrainian military, Yaroslav Honchar shared details about the same and noted that the said drone fly scout missions already. Honchar, however, did not divulge any details about any strike carried out by the drone as of yet.
‘This is not a bluff’
Notably, in the biggest escalation in the Russia-Ukraine conflict in September, Putin warned the West that he was ‘not bluffing’ when he said he’d be ready to use nuclear weapons to defend Russia.
“If the territorial integrity of our land is threatened, we will without a doubt use all available means to defend Russia and our people. This is not a bluff,” Putin said in a televised address.