: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Putin: Russia prepared raising nuclear readiness over Crimea


MOSCOW (AP) — Russia was ready to bring its nuclear weapons into a state of alert during last year’s tensions over the Crimean Peninsula and the overthrow of Ukraine’s president, President Vladimir Putin said in remarks aired on Sunday.

Putin’s comments, in a documentary being shown on state TV, highlight the extent to which alarm spread in Russia in the weeks following Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s ouster in February 2014 after months of street protests that turned increasingly violent.

Russian forces took control of Ukrainian military facilities on the peninsula and a referendum on secession was hastily called. …read more

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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