Russian dictator Vladimir Putin resorted to massive missile strikes on Ukraine after stern warnings from Western partners if he used nuclear weapons.
This was stated by US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, who is on a two-day visit to Kyiv.
She emphasized that only the joint harsh reaction of the West and the United States to Putin's threats to launch a nuclear attack forced him to retreat and switch to a less unacceptable tactic - mass shelling of Ukraine.
"You saw that not only the United States, but also other members of the G7 went to the Kremlin with signals that it is completely unacceptable and irresponsible to spread these hints about the use of nuclear weapons. Russia has already made itself an outcast, but we explained that
the use of nuclear weapons will have an answer and consequences of an unparalleled level.
Our response was united, and then Russia moved to a fundamentally different weapon, launching attacks on energy infrastructure," she said.
Nuland noted that currently the nuclear threat is not part of Russia's plans.
However, the West must keep a close eye on any potential threats from Putin.
Why Putin does not launch a massive missile strike
Ivan Stupak, an ex-employee of the SBU and an expert of the Ukrainian Institute for the Future, believes that there are three reasons why the Russian dictator Putin did not give the order to massively shell Ukraine after November 23.
One of the reasons is that the Russians want to check whether the Ukrainians will be afraid of the Russian plane.
It is worth adding that the Russian military has changed its strike tactics.
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