Putin Threatens ‘Lightning-Fast’ Strikes Against Countries Intervening in Ukraine

The Russian Presidential Press and Information Office / Photo by Kremlin.ru

With the West’s dramatically increasing military support for Ukraine, including massive weapons shipments and training, Russian leader Vladimir Putin threatened “lightning-fast” retaliatory strikes on any countries that intervenes in Ukraine and “creates strategic threats for Russia that are unacceptable to us.”

In a speech before Russia’s legislative assembly, Putin added, likely alluding to Russia’s hypersonic missiles:

We have all the tools for this, such that no one can boast now. And we will not brag, we will use them if necessary. And I want everyone to know about it, we have made all the decisions on this matter.

Possibly intending to take that point home, Russia reportedly launched Kalibr supersonic cruise missiles at Ukrainian targets from a diesel electric submarine in the Black Sea, the first time Russia’s military has reported using submarine strikes against Ukrainian targets.

Putin also optimistically said Russia’s military forces and militias from separatist regions of Ukraine’s Donbas region “are heroically fulfilling their duty” and “all the tasks set, as I said, will be solved.”

Russia has now also extended its “special military operation” in Ukraine well beyond the eastern Donbas saying it will seek “full control” over all of eastern Ukraine.

This will also position its forces to next launch a military campaign into neighboring Moldova in the west, linking up with Russian separatists in Transnistria and effectively cutting Ukraine off from its access to the entire Black Sea.

But NATO nations and other allies have pledged to continue to support Ukraine against Russia’s so-called “special military operation” even as Russia ramps up its offensive in eastern and southern Ukraine.

This outside support is clearly irking the Russian strongman, and this is just the latest Russian threat.

American Military News notes, that:

Russian officials have previously warned that they would strike at supplies flowing into Ukraine. In March, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said “any cargo moving into the Ukrainian territory which we would believe is carrying weapons would be fair game” for Russian military strikes. Earlier this month, Russia sent a formal letter to the U.S., warning that the continued flow of military supplies to Ukraine could result in “unpredictable consequences.”

Lavrov also called the West’s campaign against Russia over its war in Ukraine “a real hybrid war, total war.”

Russia also recently suggested Western support of Ukraine during Russia’s two-month long invasion could lead to nuclear warfare. ADN

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank. - paulcrespo.substack.com - PAULCRESPO.COM

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