US is taking "seriously" Vladimir Putin's veiled threats



The US is taking 'seriously' Vladimir Putin's veiled threats to use nuclear weapons to defend areas in Ukraine, a top White House official told.

John Kirby said the US was not changing its 'strategic deterrent posture', but that Mr Putin spoke irresponsibly.

On Wednesday Russia's leader wa ed his country would use all the means at its disposal to protect its territory.

It came as four Ukrainian regions part-occupied by Russian forces are about to stage snap votes on joining Russia.

Ukraine and its allies call these votes a sham exercise, designed to give spurious legitimacy to an illegal annexation.
(colombotimes.lk)