Ukraine: Putin was ready to use nuclear weapons

Russia was ready to bring its nuclear weapons into a state of alert during last year’s tensions over the Crimean Peninsula said Russian president Vladimir Putin. (France24)

In comments in a documentary aired on state TV on Sunday, Mr Putin said the life of ex-Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych had been in danger. He also said Russians in Crimea were in danger before Russia annexed it. (BBC)

He previously said he ordered the annexation of Crimea weeks before the official referendum