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    Putin Ups Tensions Over Ukraine, Suspending START Nuke Pact

    Putin Ups Tensions Over Ukraine, Suspending START Nuke Pact

    Russian President Vladimir Putin suspended 's participation in the last remaining nuclear arms control with the U.S., announcing the move Tuesday in a bitter speech where he made clear he would not change his strategy in the war in Ukraine.

    In his long-delayed state-of-the-nation address, Putin cast his country — and Ukraine — as victims of Western double-dealing and said it was Russia, not Ukraine, fighting for its very existence.

    “We aren't fighting the Ukrainian people,” Putin said in a speech days before the war's first anniversary on Friday. “The Ukrainian people have become hostages of the Kyiv regime and its Western masters, which have effectively occupied the country.”

    The speech reiterated a litany of grievances that the Russian leader has frequently offered as justification for the widely condemned campaign while vowing no military let-up in a conflict that has reawakened fears of a Cold War.

    On top of that, Putin sharply upped the ante by declaring that Moscow would suspend its participation in the so-called New START Treaty. The pact, signed in 2010 by the U.S. and Russia, caps the number of long-range nuclear warheads the two sides can deploy and limits the use of missiles that can carry atomic weapons.

    Putin also said that Russia should stand ready to resume nuclear weapons tests if the U.S. does so, a move that would end a global ban on such tests in place…

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