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Former CIA station chief Dan Hoffman joined ‘Fox & Friends’ on Monday to discuss Putin’s latest move to put nuclear deterrents on high alert after seeing a lack of momentum in the overthrow of Ukraine. Hoffman said Putin made the risky decision because he was “running out of playing cards” and seeking to discourage NATO from sending weapons and aid to Ukraine.
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DAN HOFFMAN: It has four readiness levels for its nukes. And right now, he’s on the second level, which is “high.” I think what he’s trying to do is send a message to the West. He is trying to extort us. He knows that right now, significant military aid – that is, goads, javelins and other military equipment – is helping Ukraine stay in the fight. And the time has come for President Zelenskyy and his brave Ukrainian citizens who have taken up arms in defense of democracy.
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Not long ago, it seems, Ukraine was trying to join NATO and NATO members were not very interested in Ukraine’s admission. And now it feels like NATO is joining Ukraine in the fight for what matters most – freedom and liberty – against this brutal unprovoked Russian aggression. So I think Vladimir Putin is running out of cards on this one. And that’s what we see, he’s using the nuclear card and it’s risky.
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