According to Oksana Koshel, a Kyiv resident who contributes to Ukraine War Diaries, there is a real fear that Russia might strike Ukraine with a nuclear attack.
After a series of referendums that were denounced by West, the Kremlin annexed 4 regions in Ukraine.
This declaration by President Vladimir Putin over these regions follows his recent declaration of support for Russian territories with all available means.
However, the wider Russian military setbacks have created a fear in Ukraine that war could enter a new deadly phase. The Kremlin’s current battlefield strategy is still failing.
Oksana explains that talks about a nuclear threat have increased to unprecedented levels in the last edition of Sky News Ukraine War Diaries podcast.
“So, different information resources are publishing instructions about what to do and how you should behave. It seems impossible that we could be facing a nuclear apocalypse within the next days, months, or even years.
A stage featuring giant video screens was set up on Wednesday in Moscow’s Red Square. There were billboards proclaiming, “Donetsk. Luhansk. Zaporizhzhia. Kherson – Russia!”
Analysts believe that any annexation by Luhansk or Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, would bring the war to a dangerous new phase. This follows scenes of panic as thousands flee the country to avoid a mobilisation order to draft 300,000.
Oksana continued, “We met our neighbor who is actually a very close friend,” “She returned to her apartment to get some winter clothes, as they were located in the mountains in the west part of Ukraine.
“And we inquired if they expected to return to Kyiv in the near future. She said, “Cos I meant the children go to school… but I don’t feel safe.”
“And Seva [my wife] and I were like, ‘What is your main concern?’ It turned out to be a nuclear strike.
The creators of Sky News’ award winning StoryCast podcast, Ukraine War Diaries, is a weekly podcast that follows those who live on Europe’s new frontline and those who escape it.
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