Mad Putin’s ‘chest-banging’ nuke threat aimed to terrify West, expert says

Vladimir Putin's horrifying nuclear threat to the West should be taken seriously as he is "determined" to carry out his threat, a body language expert has said.

The Russian despot said he would use "all means necessary" against those who threatened his "motherland" in a chilling TV address this morning, and Judi James revealed the dictator wasn't messing around in his "chest-banging" speech.

She told the Sun: "This was direct, emphatic, angry and very dominant body language from a leader leaning forward to stare straight into the camera lens to display control and disgust via his facial expressions and head batons.

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"His hands were in their signature spread on the table but the left hand performed a chopping gesture to suggest decisive thinking.

"His movements suggested urgency and a ‘tell’ style that suggested no truck with discussion."

Putin announced this morning that he would be launching a 'partial mobilisation', sending 30,000 more troops into battle including Russian civilians.

He also reminded horrified viewers that he had plenty of weapons at his disposal, and that he wasn't afraid to use them.

He said: "If the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we use all available means to protect our people. I'm not bluffing."

He also confirmed that Russian civilians would be conscripted to fight, adding: "Today our armed forces are operating across a frontline that exceeds 1,000 km, opposing not only neo-Nazi formations [in Ukraine ] but the entire military machine of the collective West.

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"In such a situation, I consider it necessary to make the following decision, which is fully appropriate to threats we face."

James added that the dictator gave a "hard stare", "bared his teeth" and made a "chopping gesture", all in a bid to show determination to follow through with his threats.

She said: "This was direct, emphatic, angry and very dominant body language from a leader leaning forward to stare straight into the camera lens to display control and disgust via his facial expressions and head batons.

"His hands were in their signature spread on the table but the left hand performed a chopping gesture to suggest decisive thinking.

"His movements suggested urgency and a ‘tell’ style that suggested no truck with discussion."

Putin's speech comes amid reports that his war in Ukraine is not going to plan.

Mad Vlad has reportedly lost $1billion (£881.7million) in military equipment since the war began in February, with tanks and ammunition having been left behind as Ukraine recaptures large portions of land, causing Russian troops to flee.

More than 2,300 square miles so far have been recaptured in Ukraine, particularly in the region of Kharkiv, control of which has now been entirely returned to Kyiv.

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