Instructions will be published in the coming days in the event that Russia uses nuclear weapons, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine, Oleksiy Danilov, said.
The NSDC apparatus has developed detailed instructions for the citizens of Ukraine in the event of Russia’s use of tactical nuclear weapons and intends to “publicize them as much as possible” in the coming days, Danilov stated.
“We are talking about tactical weapons. If they will be used, there are certain procedures as of today. We have developed instructions in the NSDC apparatus, which we will try to make public as much as possible in the coming days,” he said.
“When the Russians start rattling nuclear weapons in front of the world today, the number of so-called bombs will appear in geometric progression. Because no country will be protected from a crazy neighbor. This so-called dirty bomb is not such a difficult task,” he emphasized.
When addressing the nation on the decision to begin mobilisation on 21 September Russian President Vladimir Putin said: “If the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will use all available means to protect our people – this is not a bluff”.
Former Russian president and deputy chairman of the Security Council of Russia Dmitry Medvedev asserted on Tuesday that Moscow is entitled to use nuclear weapons in order to defend its territory as the country seeks to annex conquered areas of Ukraine.
“I want to remind you — the deaf who hear only themselves: Russia has the right to use nuclear weapons if necessary,” Medvedev said, adding that the warning was “not a bluff.”
His threats come as referendums on joining the Russian Federation in four Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine — Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia — wrapped up on Tuesday.
The votes are widely seen by the West as a sham orchestrated by Moscow to justify an annexation of the territory.
It has been reported that U.S. and allied intelligence agencies are stepping up efforts to detect any Russian military moves or communications that might signal that Vladimir Putin has ordered the use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine.