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Report: Ukraine DM Threatens to Restart Nuclear Weapons Program


Ukrainian Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey has been claiming NATO shipments of weaponry to the military since the weekend, as part of what he called a secret deal during the Cardiff summit. He wants more now.

Heletey insisted that his country wants major increases in weapons shipments from NATO, and threatened to order a nuclear weapons program if the shipments weren't big enough and fast enough, on the grounds that only nukes could stop the "Russian invasion."

Ukraine inherited some nuclear arms from the Soviet Union's dissolution, but gave them up as part of the 1994 Budapest agreement. Since the protester-imposed regime change earlier this year, the new government has repeatedly threatened to restart the program.