Russians ‘will go to heaven’ in event of nuclear war: Putin

Large-scale air force exercises with the United States and other NATO countries were held in western Ukraine earlier this month

Russians will "go to heaven" as martyrs in the event of nuclear war because Moscow will only ever use nuclear weapons in retaliation, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called the deadly shooting and bomb attack by a teenager in Crimea a "result of globalization" and says that adults are failing to offer young people an alternative to an outburst of violence.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said "Islamic State" (IS) militants had seized nearly 700 hostages in a part of Syria controlled by US-backed forces.

At an global policy forum in Sochi on Thursday, Putin said "they have been recently expanding their area and took about 130 families hostage, which accounts for about 700 people".

Putin did not elaborate on the militants' demands.

TASS said the terrorists had kidnapped around 130 families and taken them to the city of Hajin.

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The state-run TASS news agency said the hostages were taken on 13 October after IS attacked a refugee camp in Deir az-Zour province in Syria's east.

"They have issued ultimatums, specific demands and warned that if these ultimatums are not met they will execute 10 people every day".

He noted that the militant group was expanding its control in territory controlled by USA and US-backed forces.

The Russian leader said the hostages included Europeans and Americans, and that IS was expanding its control in eastern Syria.

"We are also unaware of any USA nationals located in that camp", Robertson added.

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