Vladimir Putin's latest threat of nuclear Armageddon has been described as a "hissy fit" by a defence expert after the Russian despot was not invited to the Queen's funeral.
This morning (Wednesday, September 21) Putin announced the "partial mobilisation" of some 300,000 reservists in what was a major escalation of his invasion of Ukraine.
Putin also said Russia "will certainly use all the means at our disposal" in response to what he dubbed "nuclear blackmail" from the West and those trying to "subjugate" Russia, including "neo-Nazis" in Ukraine.
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"This is not a bluff," he claimed.
Putin's comments – in what was his biggest speech since the invasion began in February – come after he was left off the invite list for the Queen's funeral on Monday (September 19).
Although the snub was hardly a surprise, invites were extended to the likes of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Even North Korea was invited to send a delegation.
More still, Putin was among the first world leaders to send his "deepest condolences" to King Charles following what the Russian described as a "heavy, irreparable loss".
According to Professor Anthony Glees, a world-renowned defence expert from the University of Buckingham, that message was a "sign of weakness" from Putin.
Speaking about Putin's non-invite and subsequent nuclear threats, Professor Glees told the Daily Star: "He's like the school bully who's not been invited to the party, trying to oil his way in.
"Had he had this latest hissy fit before the ceremony, he'd obviously have ruled himself out of an invite."
Professor Glees also described Putin's speech this morning as "just threats, threats, threats" and urged the West to continue support for Ukraine, despite the spectre of World War Three looming a little larger than it 24 hours ago.
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"We need to carry on supplying Ukraine with NATO weapons, they and the spirit of the Ukraine armed forces are winning," he explained.
"We're doing exactly the right thing and need to keep hammering him."
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