There’s now a tangible fear among citizens in Ukraine that Russia may target the country with a nuclear strike, according to Kyiv resident and Ukraine War Diaries contributor Oksana Koshel.
This week, the Kremlin annexed four regions in Ukraine, following referendums denounced by the West as a sham.
The move has seen President Vladimir Putin declare sovereignty over the regions and follows a recent declaration to protect Russian territories by all means at his disposal.
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But against the broader backdrop of significant Russian military setbacks, there’s now a tangible fear in Ukraine that the war is about to enter a deadly new phase with the Kremlin’s existing battlefield strategy continuing to flounder.