Putin ‘brings defeat to Russia through his own actions’

Former US Ambassador to NATO Kurt Volker has said Russian President Vladimir Putin is “bringing defeat” to his country through his own actions.

Mr Volker’s remarks come after Mr Putin warned that Russia would be ready to use its nuclear arsenal to defend its territory as it dramatically escalated its war against Ukraine.

“Any use of nuclear weapons would be retaliated against very forcefully by the West,” Mr Volker told Sky News Australia.

“It would be devastating for Russia if he actually did.”