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Liam Gilliver

Putin willing to use nuclear weapons against UK, believe 68% of Mirror readers

Vladimir Putin is willing to use nuclear weapons against the UK, according to the majority of Mirror readers.

In a recent survey of 2,329 respondents, a staggering 68 percent believe the Russian President is capable of a nuclear attack against the West as his invasion of Ukraine continues to escalate. A fair 20 percent of voters disagreed with the statement, while 12 percent said they were unsure.

Last week, Leonid Volkov, the former chief of staff for jailed Putin critic Alexei Navalny, warned Putin will "destroy the world" if left unchecked and urged global leaders to brace for Russia to deploy nuclear weapons.

When asked whether Russia would be willing to use nuclear weapons - Volkov said: "He is crazy enough, we can expect unfortunately everything."

Speaking to Sky News, the politician said: "It is now very clear that enormous cost has to be paid to stop this war. There are all the sanctions, of course, they also create a burden on the European economy that is quite clear.

"But this cost has to be paid because otherwise Putin will just destroy the world."

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The UK government has today announced a ban on exports to Russia of high-end luxury goods, while also hitting hundreds of key products with new import tariffs.

Russian vodka is one of the iconic products affected by the tariff increases, while the export ban will likely affect luxury vehicles, high-end fashion and works of art.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said: "Our new tariffs will further isolate the Russian economy from global trade, ensuring it does not benefit from the rules-based international system it does not respect.

"These tariffs build on the UK’s existing work to starve Russia’s access to international finance, sanction Putin’s cronies and exert maximum economic pressure on his regime."

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