Russian Ambassador to London Andrei Kelin said he did not believe his country would use tactical nuclear weapons during the Ukraine war.
“According to Russian military rules, such weapons are not used in conflicts, as is the case with Ukraine,” Kelin said in an interview with the BBC.
Russia has very strict laws regulating the use of these weapons, the ambassador said, adding that these weapons can only be used when the government’s presence is endangered.
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the alarm of his nuclear arsenal in late February following the invasion of Ukraine, and this was seen as a warning.
Tactical nuclear weapons can reach very short distances compared to strategic nuclear weapons, which can reach long distances, which presents the appearance of nuclear war.
The tactic includes a wide variety of weapons, including nuclear weapons, small bombs and rockets.
Russia is believed to have about 2,000 tactical nuclear weapons.
The ambassador also denied reports that Russian troops had struck civilian areas.
Rejecting allegations that Russian soldiers committed war crimes in Bucha, the ambassador said they were only unfounded allegations used to obstruct negotiations.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov claimed that the photos of the bodies in Bucha were taken after the Russians had taken them from the town.
This contradicts the statements of local residents, who told the BBC that Russian forces had killed their relatives.
It also appears that the satellite imagery directly contradicts Moscow’s statements. That’s because these images show bodies lying on the street about two weeks before the Russians left the city.