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Putin backs himself into a corner on Ukraine with a Nuclear threat

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Vladimir Putin's recent nuclear threats have fueled concerns that his ambitions to escalate the situation in Ukraine may go beyond simply committing more troops.

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Wednesday's warnings in a rare public address suggested that Putin was prepared to increase the risk of nuclear war in order to avert a humiliating military defeat.

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Putin accused the US and NATO's members of engaging in "nuclear blackmail."

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Putin also stated, without going into further detail, that senior leaders from NATO nations had spoken out in favour of "using nuclear weapons of mass destruction against Russia."

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Analysts said it was debatable whether Kyiv and its allies should suddenly be more concerned about the danger.

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In a desperate attempt to win, the Russian president combined his nuclear threats with a plan to seize occupied land in the east and south of Ukraine.

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The military policy of the nation restricts the use of nuclear weapons to direct threats to the Russian state's survival,

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Kiev has previously stated that Russia's efforts to annexes fresh areas won't alter anything and that its forces will continue to advance on the front lines.