Putin Was Ready To Go Nuclear Over Crimea, Documentary Reveals

October 10, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

Russian President Vladimir Putin was willing to ready Russia’s nuclear arsenal during last year’s conflict over Crimea, he reportedly said in a pre-recorded documentary broadcast on Russian state television on Sunday to mark the one-year anniversary of Moscow’s takeover of the Black Sea peninsula.

“We were ready to do this,” Putin reportedly said when asked about nuclear preparedness. “I talked with colleagues and told them that [Crimea] is our historical territory. Russian people live there. They were in danger. We cannot abandon them.”

The New York Times reports:

Putin added that the wheels of the Crimean annexation were put in motion in response to the abrupt manner in which then-President Viktor Yanukovych of Ukraine was overthrown.