Putin Admits Nuclear Forces Readied For Crimea Annexation
Russian president Vladimir Putin admitted his readiness to order an alert on Russia’s nuclear forces to see to it that the annexation of Crimea on March 18 2014 will be successful. He made the admonition in a documentary aired on Sunday, March 15 2015.
Ukraine Conflict: Order to Alert Russian Nuclear Weapons
Mr Putin’s plans went as far as putting Russian nuclear weapons on standby for the country’s annexation of Crimea.
“In the first stages, I had to orient our armed forces. Not just orient, but give direct orders,” Mr Putin was quoted as saying by Reuters.
“We were ready to do it,” he said when asked if he was ready to order an alert for the nuclear weapons.
Putin also said he was instrumental in saving the life of Ukrainian former president, Viktor Yanukovich, saying the ex-president’s life was in danger because of the actions of people he referred to as “revolutionaries.” He said these people seized control of Kiev in 2014.
Putin further said it became apparent that Russia needed to save Yanukovich after receiving information about a plot to capture and assassinate the ex-president.
“There were plans not only for his capture, but, preferably for those who carried out the coup, but also for his physical elimination. As one famous historical figure said: ‘No person, no problem’,” Putin said in the documentary.
The documentary was aired on Sunday but was pre-recorded before Mr Putin was last seen in public.
Ukraine Crisis: Poroshenko Drafted a Law As Submission To Rebels
On March 15, Ukraine president Petro Poroshenko penned a draft of a law listing areas within Donetsk and Luhansk regions that will be allowed special self-governance. This is in accordance with what rebels in Ukraine had demanded.
Poroshenko had submitted the draft to parliament in the hopes of achieving peace in Ukraine. However, as the law has yet to be approved, pro-Russian rebels continue to deploy heavy military armaments in Novoazovsk, Bloomberg reported.
According to the report, military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said the agreement for ceasefire is still incomplete. Lysenko said there are still military weapons being hidden and have yet to be withdrawn in spite of the truce.