Russia will not use nuclear weapons in Ukraine: Russian Ambassador to UK

Russian Ambassador to Britain Andrei Kelin does not expect his country to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in the war in Ukraine, which experts say could last a long time.

According to Russian military rules, this would only happen when Russia’s existence was threatened, Kelin said in a BBC interview broadcast on Sunday.

“It has nothing to do with the ongoing operation,” Kelin said. Moscow describes its invasion of Ukraine as a “special military operation”.

When asked if President Vladimir Putin would consider attacking Britain with nuclear weapons in the event of an extension of the war, the ambassador rejected the proposal.

This and other scenarios were publicly discussed on Russian state television several weeks ago.

When shown evidence of Russian war crimes committed in Ukraine, Kelin repeatedly denied Moscow’s responsibility for them. “Nothing is happening, there are no bodies on the street,” he said when asked about atrocities in the Kyiv suburb of Bucha, where hundreds of bodies were found after the withdrawal of Russian troops in early April.

“In our opinion, it is an invention. It is used only to interrupt negotiations,” Kelin said.

During the interview, the Russian ambassador also repeatedly accused Ukraine of killing civilians in the eastern region of Donbass.

Earlier on Sunday, British intelligence accused Russia of fabricating accounts of the war in Ukraine to cloud public understanding of the conflict.

Moscow has “demonstrated that it is prepared to leverage global food security for its own political objective and then present itself as the reasonable actor and blame the West for any failures”, Britain’s Ministry of Health said on Sunday. Defense in its daily intelligence update on Ukraine.

The ministry cited an incident when Russia asked Ukraine a few days ago to clear the Black Sea port of Odessa so ships carrying food could pass safely. However, Russia itself blocked the export of grain from Ukrainian ports.

According to London, the incident was “a fundamental tenet of modern Russian messaging strategy: introducing alternative, even unconvincing, narratives to complicate public understanding”.

Since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, the British Ministry of Defense has regularly published updated intelligence on the situation.

Moscow has accused London of carrying out a targeted disinformation campaign.

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