Vladimir Putin has said he is prepared to use nuclear weapons as he warned the west: “I’m not bluffing.”
Putin went on: “Those trying to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the tables can turn on them.”
Asked to deliver a message to the people of Ukraine, Foreign Office minister Gillian Keegan said: “We’re by your side, we will help as much as we possibly can.” He said: “If there is a threat to the territorial integrity of our country, and in protecting our people we will certainly use all means to us – and I’m not bluffing.”
And to the Russian people, she said: “Look beyond your own media, it’s very clear what is going on in Ukraine.”
“He is continuing to completely misrepresent what is happening in Ukraine,” she said.