Putin threatens ‘destruction of civilization’ as Germany feels Ukraine war jitters

Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened “the destruction of civilization” in the event that NATO powers deploy forces into the war in Ukraine.

“There is talk about the possibility of sending NATO military forces to Ukraine, but we must remember the fate of previous armies deployed on our country’s territory,” Putin said Thursday in an annual address to Russia’s legislature. “They must understand that we also have weapons to strike targets in their territory. Every tactic they invent and use to scare the world invokes a real threat of a conflict involving nuclear weapons, which would mean the destruction of civilization.”

Putin has invoked the threat of nuclear weapons throughout the war in Ukraine as a method to discourage the provision of military equipment to Ukrainian forces. Western powers gradually have increased the amount and quality of
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