Russian President Vladimir Putin may be frustrated by the lack of progress in his war against Ukraine, which has placed Russia’s nuclear weapons on alert. Darryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association, said Russian President Vladimir Putin’s order to put U.S. nuclear forces on alert was unfortunate, but given his previous secrecy about any country, he was trying to stop in Ukraine. contains threats, which is not entirely surprising. Since then, the question of how many nuclear weapons his country has and whether this is really a realistic option for the Russian president has become increasingly important. According to Alexander Ranoschka, despite Putin’s remarks, a nuclear war between his country and NATO remains unlikely.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin’s implied threat to turn the Ukraine war into a broader nuclear conflict presents President Joe Biden with choices rarely contemplated in the atomic age, including whether to raise the alert level of U.S. nuclear forces.
This turn of events is all the more remarkable for the fact that less than a year ago, Putin and Biden issued a statement at their Geneva summit that seemed more in keeping with the idea that the threat of nuclear war was a Cold War relic. “Nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought,” they agreed.
Putin on Sunday told his top defense and military officials to put nuclear forces in a “special regime of combat duty,” but it was not immediately clear how that might have changed the status of Russian nuclear forces, if at all. Russia, like the United States, keeps its land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, or ICBMs, on a high state of readiness at all times, and it is believed that Russian submarine-based nuclear missiles, like America’s, are similarly postured.
A nuclear attack on Ukraine, apart from the potential harm to the Ukrainian village and people, will only heighten the international reaction tremendously, deeply undermining Russia’s efforts to subdue Russia. If Putin turns Putin’s war in Ukraine into a nuclear conflict, given the West’s continued drive to cripple the Russian economy, Europe could see more destruction than Japan, where nuclear weapons were used for the first and only time in 1945. The West must help repel a Russian invasion of Ukraine, but that could mean giving Putin an exit strategy that is halfway between global humiliation and a coup in his own country, both of which could lead to unprecedented nuclear strike scenarios. In the short term, we need to be extremely careful when trying to throw President Putin off the ledge he so recklessly climbed.
On Friday, as Russian Federation tanks and troops poured across the border into eastern Ukraine, Vladimir Putin talked about his country’s most destructive weaponry. “I want to remind you that Russia is one of the most powerful nuclear nations,” he said. “This is a reality, not just words.” Russia, he told listeners, is “strengthening our nuclear deterrence forces.”
That same day, Putin used a term for eastern Ukraine meaning “New Russia.” So when he refers to repelling “any aggression against Russia” and speaks of “nuclear deterrence,” as he did on Friday, the Russian president is really warning us he will use nukes to protect his grab of Ukrainian territory.
The fact still remains, will Vladimir Putin have the courage to fire a ballistic missile into Ukraine? Would he be willing to risk an all-out nuclear war with one of our nato allies, which would draw us straight into the war? The World waits to see.
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