US military support for Ukraine “pushes the situation closer to the dangerous point of a direct military confrontation between Russia and NATO”. This was stated by the deputy director of the department for non-proliferation and arms control of the Moscow Foreign Ministry, Konstantin Vorontsov, during a meeting at the UN. Tass reports it.
A nuclear test on the borders of Ukraine. After days of verbal escalation on Russia’s atomic threat, Vladimir Putin would be ready for a disturbing demonstration gesture to raise the bar even further in the confrontation with the West. According to the Times, the alarm was raised by an intelligence report sent by NATO to the member states: a report in which it warns of possible tests of strength in Moscow through simulations involving the use of nuclear warheads.
Alongside the possible test already hypothesized of the Poseidon torpedo, which would be on the launch pad by the Belgorod submarine recently intercepted in the Arctic Sea, the new warning would be represented by a military train of the nuclear division moving towards Ukraine, even if the latest known geolocations still gave it in the Moscow region, hundreds of kilometers from the border. According to analyst Konrad Muzyka, the unit is responsible for nuclear munitions, their storage and maintenance, and could be deployed in a “strategic deterrence exercise”. The movements of the train train had already been reported on Sunday by the pro-Russian Rybar Telegram channel, which described the armored vehicles loaded with new artillery pieces equipped with cannons, machine guns and grenade launchers.
Russia, nuclear division train bound for the Ukrainian front
According to a high-level Western defense source cited by the British newspaper, Putin’s most likely show of force through the use of nuclear weapons would take place in the Black Sea. But “it is not impossible” that the Kremlin leader could use a tactical nuclear weapon in Ukraine. In that case, however, the risks for Moscow would inevitably be higher. “They could make a mistake and accidentally hit a Russian city near the Ukrainian border, like Belgorod,” the source explained. For Andrew Futter, a University of Leicester professor and atomic weapons expert, mobilizing the nuclear division train currently represents a warning issued by Putin to the West. On the preparation of a nuclear provocation, however, the allied intelligence remains cautious. “We have no indication that the Russian armed forces are mobilizing assets or personnel related to their nuclear arsenal: everything is normal at the moment,” explained a senior Western defense official. But NATO has not officially denied the Times report and the fear of a reckless gesture by the Tsar in the face of negative upheavals on Ukrainian soil, from Kharkiv to Kherson, remains strong. “Putin feels cornered and can be quite dangerous and reckless,” CIA director Bill Burns warned in an interview with CBS. The Russian president must “be worried, not only about what is happening on the battlefield in Ukraine but also about what is happening at home and internationally”, underlined the number one of US intelligence, recalling that, despite the promise of “friendship without limits”, China has refused to offer military support for the offensive in Ukraine.
The President of Ukraine ratified the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of 30 September. According to the Times “Putin prepares a nuclear test on the Ukrainian border”. The Kremlin replies: “Russia does not take part in the nuclear rhetoric of the West”. Western defense source: ‘We don’t see nuclear maneuvers’. Pro-Russians admit Kiev’s advance into Kherson (ANSA)
During its daily briefing, the Russian Defense Ministry showed a military map showing the important retreat of Moscow’s forces from some northern territories of the Kherson region in southern Ukraine. The map shows that Russian troops have left a large number of locations including Dudchany, on the west bank of the Dnieper River, where the Ukrainian army is engaged in the counter-offensive. The Ukrainian flag was hoisted by the forces of Kiev in the village of Davydiv Brid, in the Kherson region. The deputy Roman Lozynskyi, who serves in the Kiev defense forces, reported on Facebook. Davydiv Brid was “raped by the Russian occupation. She will become one of the pearls of our travels through southern Ukraine after the victory. Let’s meet on the Inhulec River!” He wrote. The advance of the Ukrainian counter-offensive in the south is continuing with the reconquest of several locations, after yesterday the defense of Moscow admitted the breaking through of its defense lines in Kherson.
The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky ratified the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of 30 September stating the impossibility of negotiating with the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and the need to strengthen Ukraine’s defense capacity . Taking into account the results of the meeting, it was “confirmed that it is impossible to negotiate with the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin”. Ukrainska Pravda reports it.
Phone call between the leader of FdI and the Ukrainian president (ANSA)