Biden in Delaware as Putin lifts nuclear alert status

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President Biden remains at home in Delaware as the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues to escalate.

Russian President Vladimir Putin raised the alert status of his nuclear forces to “special combat duty regime” as Russia and Ukraine face off for matchday four.

Putin ordered the Russian Minister of Defense and the Chief of the General Staff of the Army to place the nuclear deterrent forces in a “special regime of combat duty”. This decision signals that tensions could escalate into a nuclear war.

At the same time, Biden remains at his private Delaware residence and media communications with the commander-in-chief have slowed.


Putin warned last week that countries that interfere with his invasion of ukraine will face “consequences you’ve never seen”.

Presidents Biden and Putin
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He’s threatening right now a nuclear escalation,” said former DIA intelligence officer Rebekah Koffler. “It is a veiled threat – or perhaps such a veiled threat – that he has just met his chief of staff and his defense minister. It escalates the conflict in the nuclear field in order to defuse – that is, to quickly overthrow the Kiev regime.”

Turkey has declared Russia’s actions in Ukraine a war and will act accordingly, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday.

On Friday, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby spoke to reporters about the U.S. military’s aid plans Ukraine as Russian forces continue to advance across the country.

A reporter asked Kirby if US intelligence suggested Russian President Vladimir Putin would stop his advancement with Ukraine. Some European countries fear that the Russian president’s campaign could continue beyond the borders of the war-torn country.

“It’s not entirely clear if Mr. Putin has any plans beyond Ukraine,” Kirby said. “And it’s because it’s not perfectly clear that we continue to look for ways to strengthen our NATO capabilities and reassure our allies. I mean, one of the reasons we’re doing this, it’s because we want him to understand that we will defend every square inch of NATO territory.”


During an interview with Fox News Digital at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), sen. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn. said Putin would only respond to “people who show a backbone” and oppose the authoritarian leader, something the United States unfortunately does not currently do under Biden’s leadership, he said .

US President Joe Biden walks his dog Commander on the beach in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on December 28, 2021. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

US President Joe Biden walks his dog Commander on the beach in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on December 28, 2021. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
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“I think the thing that’s going to be the most powerful to stop the advance right now is going to be people showing a backbone, [such as] people love [Ukrainian] President Zelensky is [doing]. People who show determination,” Hagerty said. ” We will [have to] increase the cost for Putin to move against Kyiv and against the whole of Ukraine.”

Fox News’ Kelly Laco and Emma Colton contributed to this report.


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