Fact Check: Putin Did NOT Recently Put Nuclear Triad On Standby

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  • by: Lead Stories Staff
Fact Check: Putin Did NOT Recently Put Nuclear Triad On Standby Out-Of-Date

Did Putin recently order Russia Nuclear Triad to be on standby? No, that's not true, President Putin made this order back in February 2022.

The claim appeared in a video (archived here ) published on May 4th 2023, under the title "Putin orders Nuclear Triad to be on standby".

This is what the post looked like on TikTok at the time of writing:

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(Source: TikTok screenshot taken on Fri May 5 16:54:41 2023 UTC)

The post consists of a well-known image of Russian President Vladimir Putin walking through the golden door inside the Kremlin, before making an address, with audio of a warning siren and Arabic text that says:

"The Russian TASS News Agency: Putin orders to put Nuclear Triad on standby."

Lead Stories used Google, Yahoo, and Bing search engines to verify the claim, but could not find a recent statement or news report from a credible media outlet reporting Putin's order.

An earlier report from February 28, 2022, published by Russian state-owned news agency Sputnik, stated that President Putin had ordered the Russian Triad to be put on standby at the time:

"The Russian president ordered the nation's nuclear deterrence forces to be placed on high alert Sunday following "aggressive statements" from NATO related to the Russian military operation in Ukraine. Earlier, UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss warned that if Russia wasn't "stopped" "in Ukraine," the crisis could escalate into a conflict with NATO."

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