Putin has ‘clearly lost his mind’ as he considers using deadly nukes in Ukraine

As his deadly assault on Ukraine rumbles on without much progress, a derranged Vladimir Putin will be considering the use of deadly nukes, according to an expert.

At least seven people were killed after a fresh wave of missile strikes in Ukraine, that also left around 10 million people without power, according to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Putin has been pelting the country with missiles for months but overall, the state of play suggests that Russia isn't making gains, and the country's troops recently retreated from the western Kherson region.

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And there are fears that power-mad Putin could have his finger hovering over the big red nuclear button, with his mental state questionable, according to some experts.

And Dr Andrii Zharikov, a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Portsmouth, thinks that Putin's mental health could be advising his foreign policy.

"I think he’s clearly lost his mind or something," he told the Daily Star.

"I wouldn’t be surprised if he uses this nuclear capability as a means to scare or intimidate Ukraine."

Dr Zharikov, who was born in Ukraine and has family across the country, said that a nuclear progression is the natural next step for Putin.

"Only a nuclear attack is one step further than this," he said.

Asked whether Putin would fear a reaction from NATO, Dr Zharikov said that his depleted mental state makes it hard to tell what the Russian premier is thinking.

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He said: "I don’t know what this man thinks. I cannot see any logic in his actions so it’s difficult for me to tell if he’s scared or not scared.

"He has access to nuclear weapons and it’s probably his main aim to use it as a deterrent to say ‘if you [the West] help more, i’ll use it.’

"But at the same time, if he uses this I suppose there will be some reaction from the West as well.

"So, I don’t think he’s afraid of the West, probably he’s more cautious about it."

The Dr's comments come as the Kremlin released a statement saying that Russia is not considering using nuclear weapons, despite Putin himself saying Russia will defend its territory with all available means, including its nuclear weapons, if attacked.

But the Kremlin said these, and other brash comments from Putin and his cronies, are repeatedly misinterpreted by the West.

"If you have noticed, no one from the Russian side is discussing this topic and has not discussed it," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

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