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Citing Sanctions, Putin Puts Russia’s Nuclear Forces on Alert

The EU, U.S. have hit the nation with devastating financial sanctions

In a dramatic escalation of East-West tensions over Russia's warring invasion of Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian nuclear forces put on high alert Sunday in response to what he called "aggressive statements" by leading NATO powers.

The order means Putin has ordered Russia's nuclear weapons prepared for increased readiness to launch, raising the threat that the tensions could boil over into nuclear warfare. In giving it, the Russian leader also cited hard-hitting financial sanctions imposed by the West against Russia, including Putin himself.

Speaking at a meeting with his top officials, Putin directed the Russian defense minister and the chief of the military's general staff to put the nuclear deterrent forces in a "special regime of combat duty."

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