The former head of the Russian space agency Roskosmos has said the only chance his country has of stopping Ukraine’s counteroffensive is to use “tactical nuclear weapons.”

 Speaking from near the front line in the Zaporizhzhya region, Dmitry Rogozin warned of the extremely serious threat that the anticipated Ukrainian counterattack poses to Russian forces and called for it to be stopped by the most extreme of measures in a Telegram video posted on May 4.

 He said the Ukrainian armed forces now have sufficient equipment and manpower in place to initiate its counteroffensive within a few days.

 "We expect an attack by HIMARS and drones, followed by heavy equipment. Our task is to dig into a prepared stronghold, to withstand the first missile strikes, minimize casualties and then meet their tanks with anti-tank guided missiles," Rogozin said.

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 In his view if the Ukrainian counteroffensive is to be disrupted then there is no other option than " … to use tactical nuclear weapons with understandable consequences.”

 He added: “There is no other option. Based on military doctrine, the Russian army must use tactical nuclear weapons.”

 Rogozin, who was also a former Russian ambassador to NATO, called nuclear weapons "the great equalizer" and said that fighters on the front line are preparing and waiting for the Ukrainian Armed Forces to begin a decisive battle. "We understand that it will be hard, but no one is going to leave their positions," he said.

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Even before the meeting opened, the war in Ukraine took centre stage. The Group of Seven countries held their own talks on the sidelines to discuss shoring up Western support for Kyiv.

 Earlier, Rogozin reported that "the enemy [Ukrainian army] is preparing to advance" on the territory of the Zaporizhzhya region for which Russian military units are conducting full-fledged defense drills.

 "The expectation of an imminent deadly battle hangs in the air," Rogozin concluded.

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Eman Ruoy
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The world needs to brace for the s***storm Russia and China will deliver to our doorstep any day now.

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Trendsetter 304
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Stop appeasing anyone, nuke all hypocrites & opinionated nobodies

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I support
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This guy is an idiot if you lose in conventional warfare man up nukes won't save the day. Just go home no one likes you asshole.

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E A Morgan-Coakle
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Dmitry please do not commit state suicide - think of your family.
OK so you Russian's can not win this illegal war - admit it and move on.
Get over your egos and reinstate the 8 year time limit on the President. Putin needs to retire gracefully.
Biden, a man of his word, will destroy your entire armed forces if you use nukes, and China will not back you.

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Jim Robinson suxs
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$20 says Jim Robinson is an uneducated MAGA supporter

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Jim Robinson
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I don’t believe in what the Biden administration is doing. I don’t believe we should be over in Europe. And I don’t believe we should be giving Ukraine our weapons. With that said I do think.
I think Putin won’t use a nuke because if he does he kills his men in the process. He also ruins all the territory he wants for Russia. I don’t believe in this war but I really think Putin will try to take by force not by nuclear.
These news outlets need to stop there spill of BS and just let the corse play out. In the long run they will see there is no win for death of all just pain and suffering.

hugh
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@Jim Robinson, We have no choice but to to support Ukraine. Otherwise Putin will move on to the next country & the next. We must learn from History. This is what the Soviet Union did already. And before that Hitler. And before that the Prussians. And before that Napoleon. And before that the Romans. History does repeat itself.

& it only gets more expensive & more deadly as the greedy, narcissistic totalitarian dictator gets more success. Stopping the Tyrant early costs less in arms, $ and lives.

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Seymour butts
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@Jim Robinson, has to be uneducated...doesnt know difference between their and there

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Thebworld is full of fools
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@Jim Robinson, buddy evere hear of Hitler. What kind if world would we be living in if we had not sent his ass to hell?

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Neil Hussey
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Russia should shove their nuclear weapons threats where the sun doesn't shine...how immature and juvenile! Moronic!

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Sylvia
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It is a typical arguments from a looser. Russia had 3 times more soldiers than Ukraine, they had 10 to 20 times more weapons and still they loose. Now this figure wants to nuke his own soldiers and civil people and start a full destruction of Russia just because the small criminal dictator don't get what he wanted. This figure together with a funny ex president from the criminal regime in Kremlin should start worry about their tribunal in lieu of killing his own people by threatning with the nuke word that he probably learned from his mother. There are two targets in Russia and the regime is history.

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Jon
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I guess he's encouraging the ruscists to run away extra fast to avoid getting nuked by their own side?

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