Putin vows to create 'new world' and issues nuclear testing warning

Putin vows to create 'new world' and issues nuclear testing warning


Putin vows to create ‘a new world’: Russian leader warns he could resume nuclear testing as he insists Western ‘arrogance’ started the war in Ukraine in ranting anti-US speech

  • Putin said that no one in the world in their right mind would use nuclear weapons against Russia

President Vladimir Putin argued today that Moscow’s mission is to create a ‘new world’, blaming Western hegemony for starting the war in Ukraine in a ranting anti-US speech.

‘We did not start the so-called war in Ukraine. On the contrary – we are trying to finish it,’ Putin said during the Valdai political forum in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

‘We are tasked, essentially, with building a new world,’ he added.

Putin said that no one in the world in their right mind would use nuclear weapons against Russia, and that potential enemies knew about Russia’s nuclear arsenal.

In response to a question, the Russian president said he was not ready to declare whether or not Russia needed to resume nuclear weapons testing, saying that ‘theoretically we could revoke ratification’ of the international nuclear test ban treaty.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while addressing the annual meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, on Oct. 5, 2023

Putin addressing the plenary session of the Valdai Discussion Club forum in Sochi on October 5, 2023

He said Russia had almost completed work on its nuclear-capable Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile system and successfully tested the nuclear-powered nuclear-capable Burevestnik strategic cruise missile. 

Russia has not conducted a test involving a nuclear explosion since 1990, the year before the collapse of the Soviet Union, but Putin declined to rule out the possibility it could resume such testing. 

Putin argued that the leaders of the West had lost ‘a sense of reality’ because of what he cast as Washington’s ‘colonial thinking’. 

He questioned what right the United States had to lecture any other country and argued that the nation considered itself the only arbiter of truth on the planet.

The Russian leader added that the conflict in Ukraine was ‘not a territorial’ one and that Moscow has ‘no interests from the point of view of conquering some territories’.

He claimed that Ukraine has lost more than 90,000 troops since the start of its counter-offensive in early June and also said that Kyiv has lost 557 tanks and around 1,900 armoured vehicles

Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 unleashed a war that has devastated swathes of eastern and southern Ukraine, killed or injured hundreds of thousands of men and triggered the biggest rupture in Russia’s ties with the West for six decades.

The West casts the war as Moscow’s biggest strategic blunder since the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and Western leaders say they want to defeat Russia on the battlefields of Ukraine. 

A Ukrainian counter-offensive has so far failed to yield major territorial success.

Putin, though, presents the war as part of a much bigger struggle with the United States which the Kremlin elite says aims to cleave Russia apart, grab its vast natural resources and then turn to settling scores with China.

The former spies who wield power in Moscow have repeatedly warned of the risk of a Russia-NATO conflict as the West’s post-Cold War dominance wanes, Russia lays to rest the humiliations of the Soviet collapse, and China rises to superpower status.

The speech came as a Russian rocket struck a village cafe and store in eastern Ukraine today, killing at least 50 civilians in one of the deadliest attacks in months, according to President Volodymyr Zelensky and other top officials in Kyiv.

Zelensky today attended a summit of about 50 European leaders in Spain to drum up support from Ukraine’s allies.

He denounced the attack in the village of Hroza as a ‘demonstrably brutal Russian crime’ and ‘a completely deliberate act of terrorism’.

Firefighters work at a site of a Russian military strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in the village of Hroza, in Kharkiv region, Ukraine October 5, 2023

Emergency workers search the victims of the deadly Russian rocket attack that killed more than people in the village of Hroza near Kharkiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, emergency workers search the victims of a Russian rocket attack that killed at least 47 people in the village of Hroza near Kharkiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023

Presidential chief of staff Andrii Yermak and Kharkiv Governor Oleh Syniehubov said a six-year-old boy was among the dead, adding that seven other people were wounded. 

Hroza, which had a population of about 500 before the war, is located in the northeastern Kharkiv region.

About 60 people were in the cafe were attending a wake after a funeral, said Internal Affairs Minister Ihor Klymenko, speaking on national TV.

According to preliminary information from Kyiv, the village was struck by an Iskander missile. Emergency crews were searching the rubble of damaged buildings.

Ukrainian prosecutors released pictures showing bloodied bodies and emergency workers combing through the building’s smouldering debris.

Hroza and other parts of the eastern Kharkiv region were seized by Russia early in the war and recaptured by Ukraine in September 2022. 

The village is located only 30 kilometres (19 miles) west of Kupiansk. 

Zelensky had visited the area on Tuesday to meet with troops and inspect equipment supplied by the West.

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A woman collapses with grief as she kneels next to the bodies of Ukrainian civilians killed in the Russian strike on the grocery store on Thursday

Earlier today, Russia targeted Ukraine’s southern regions with drones. Ukraine’s air force said that the country’s air defenses intercepted 24 out of 29 Iranian-made drones that Russia launched at the Odesa, Mykolaiv and Kirovohrad regions.

Andriy Raykovych, head of the Kirovohrad regional administration, said that an infrastructure facility in the region was struck and emergency services were deployed to extinguish a fire. He said there were no casualties.

In other Russian attacks on Ukraine in the past day, two civilians were killed in shelling of the southern city of Kherson and another one died after a Russian strike on the city of Krasnohorivka in the eastern Donetsk region. 

At least eight people were wounded by Russian shelling, according to Ukraine’s presidential office.

A Russian strike on a hospital in the city of Beryslav in the Kherson region ravaged the building and wounded two medical workers, according to the regional administration chief, Oleksandr Prokudin.

Ukraine, in turn, has struck back at Russia with regular drone attacks across the border.

Roman Starovoit, the governor of Russia’s Kursk region that borders Ukraine, said that Ukrainian drones attacked infrastructure facilities in several areas, resulting in power cuts.

Starovoit also said that Ukrainian forces fired artillery at the border town of Rylsk, wounding a local resident and damaging several houses.

At the summit in Granada, Zelensky asked for more Western support, saying that ‘Russian terror must be stopped’. 

‘Russia needs this and similar terrorist attacks for only one thing: to make its genocidal aggression the new norm for the whole world,’ he said in a statement posted on his Telegram channel.

‘Now we are talking with European leaders, in particular, about strengthening our air defense, strengthening our soldiers, giving our country protection from terror. And we will respond to the terrorists.’

‘The key for us, especially before winter, is to strengthen air defense, and there is already a basis for new agreements with partners,’ he told the group, which was formed in the wake of the invasion in February last year.

Zelensky noted that the summit will also focus on ‘joint work for global food security and protection of freedom of navigation’ in the Black Sea, where the Russian military has targeted Ukrainian ports after Moscow’s withdrawal from a U.N.-sponsored grain deal designed to ensure safe grain exports from the invaded country’s ports.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky (L) speaks with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at the start of a plenary session of the European Political Community summit at the Palacio de Congreso in Granada, southern Spain on October 5, 2023

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky (R) walks with Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez before the start of a plenary session of the European Political Community summit at the Palacio de Congreso in Granada, southern Spain on October 5, 2023

The U.K. Foreign Office cited intelligence suggesting that Russia may lay sea mines in the approach to Ukrainian ports to target civilian shipping and blame it on Ukraine.

‘Russia almost certainly wants to avoid openly sinking civilian ships, instead falsely laying blame on Ukraine for any attacks against civilian vessels in the Black Sea,’ it said, adding that the U.K. was working with Ukraine to help improve the safety of shipping. 

At the summit, Zelensky insisted that Putin’s attempts to divide the West would not cease. 

He also emphasised the need to preserve the European unity in the face of Russian disinformation and to remain strong amid what he described as a ‘political storm’ in the United States.

‘Russia will attack by information, disinformation, by fakes, etc.,’ he said. 

Support from Europe has become all the more important after the U.S. Congress hastily sent President Joe Biden legislation over the weekend that kept the federal government funded but left off billions in funding for Ukraine’s war effort that the White House had vigorously backed.

Asked if he was worried that support for Ukraine could falter in the U.S. Congress, the Ukrainian president stressed that his visit to Washington last month made him confident of strong backing by both the Biden administration and Congress.

Zelensky also called for ‘additional air defense system for Ukraine, additional artillery and shells, additional long-range missiles and drones for our soldiers, as well as additional formats of support and security guarantees for nations threatened by Russia’ to help protect Europe from potential aggression by Moscow.

Rishi Sunak met with Zelensky at the summit. The Prime Minister yesterday urged Western allies to continue arming Ukraine to repel Russia’s invasion, at a time when military aid from some countries appears to be in doubt. 

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