According to President Vladimir Putin, Russia will send Belarus, an ally, short-range nuclear missile systems in the upcoming months.

Iskander-M systems, according to him, “can fire ballistic and cruise missiles of both conventional and nuclear varieties.”

The systems have a 500 kilometre range (310 miles).

Following President Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine on February 24, tensions between Russia and the West have risen.

Since then, Mr. Putin has repeatedly brought up nuclear weapons, which some have seen as a warning to Western nations not to intervene.

According to Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of Kyiv, several explosions were reported in the city early on Sunday.

“Rescuers and ambulances are on the scene. Residents are currently being rescued and evacuated from two buildings “Added he.

A residential complex in the city was affected, according to the AFP news agency.

Following weeks of intense warfare, Ukraine announced on Saturday that Russian soldiers had “completely captured” the crucial eastern city of Severodonetsk.

Having taken the city, Russia now effectively controls the all of the neighbouring Donetsk and Luhansk areas, which together make up the massive industrial Donbas.

Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, promised to retake “all our cities” taken by Russia in a late-Saturday video message.

However, he claimed that the conflict with Russia had reached an extremely taxing level and he was unsure of how many more blows and casualties would be sustained.

Russia bombarded locations in the north and west of Ukraine with missiles on Friday night. West of Kiev, in the town of Sarny, at least three people were killed, and it’s possible that there are still more buried beneath the debris.

According to Ukraine, several of the rockets were launched from Belarus. Despite not officially participating in the conflict, Belarus has helped Russia logistically.

The missile attacks, according to Ukraine’s intelligence service, were a part of Russian efforts to enlist Belarus in the conflict.

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By Sakshi Sinha

I am pursuing masters in journalism and mass communication, you can find me on instagram and Facebook. I like to read and write.

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