Russia's new Zircon hypersonic cruise missile
Russian TV Warns Frontline Troops Would March On Washington To Win War Photo by: Russian Defence Ministry/Handout

Russia may have escalated its war in Ukraine as Vladimir Putin announced the Russian navy is expected to receive the Zircon hypersonic cruise missiles soon. The Russian military continued to raise its nuclear combat readiness and bolster the army by adding 350,000 troops, This move is seen as an effort to ensure the tides are turned as the Ukrainian front suffers from repeated setbacks. The Ukrainian conflict continues to raise fears that the ongoing war could turn global.

According to Daily Mail sources, Putin warned that the Kremlin will invest necessary funds to expand and further develop the country’s nuclear arsenal, The leader also vowed that his much-hyped Zircon hypersonic cruise missiles will be combat effective and ready for his forces within weeks. On top of receiving a new nuclear weapon, new military units are set to be formed on Russia’s western border to intimidate Finland and Sweden for seeking to ally with NATO amid the Ukraine conflict.

The war’s escalation has western leaders still gripping the edge of their seats after a period of relative calm. With rising concerns that nuclear war may become a reality for Europe, western allied nations fear this will eventually drag NATO into the conflict.

The rising tensions were followed by a visit by Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky to Washington D.C., where he said his country will not surrender to Russia. During his speech to U.S. representatives, Zelensky said financial support given by the U.S. to Ukraine was “not charity” but rather “an investment in the global security and democracy that we handle in the most responsible way." He also noted that support from the U.S. was crucial for Ukraine to win the war.

Millions of Ukrainians are said to have no heat or running water because of consistent Russian drone attacks on Ukraine's energy infrastructure. However, the Ukrainian leader assured that his fellow countrymen remain hopeful and will not let the war stop them from celebrating the holidays. "Ukrainians will celebrate Christmas even if there is no electricity. The light or our faith in ourselves will not be put out," he said. Zelensky’s address came hours after he had met with President Joe Biden at the White House. The trip was a part of his overseas trips since the war started in February.

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky and US President Joe Biden
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with US President Joe Biden in the White House Oval Office. Photo by: AFP/Brendan Smialowski

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