Experts said that from a strategic point of view, there is no reason for Russia to use nuclear weapons. Without the threat of military intervention, there is little reason for Putin to use about 6 of his military units, especially since Russia has a staggering numerical advantage over the Ukrainian military. According to Paul Hare, a nuclear war would undermine any victory for Putin in Ukraine, likely alienating not only the West but also potential allies like China
When Russian President Vladimir Putin announced his invasion of Ukraine on February 24, he also made a more nebulous threat: “No matter who tries to stand in our way or … create threats for our country and our people, they must know that Russia will respond immediately, and the consequences will be such as you have never seen in your entire history.”
Another part of his speech seemed to make his meaning clear. “Today’s Russia remains one of the most powerful nuclear states,” Putin said. As justification for the invasion, Putin also made unfounded claims that Ukraine was on a path to building its own nuclear arsenal. “There’s no evidence of that at all,” said Hans Kristensen, director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists.
On February 27, Putin went a step further, ordering his country’s nuclear forces to a “special regime of combat duty” and blaming “illegal sanctions” and “aggressive statements” from countries in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). “vox.com“
To justify the invasion, Putin also made baseless claims that Ukraine was building its own nuclear arsenal. Russia has explicitly threatened nuclear strikes against countries that back Ukraine, the sources said. “theguardian.com“
The United States said Putin was escalating the war with “dangerous rhetoric”, amid signs that the biggest assault on a European state since World War Two was not producing rapid victories, but instead generating a far-reaching and concerted Western response. “Reported Feb. 27, 2022, by reuters.com“
Putin then went one more for journalists in Russia and even to civilians. He had his law-making Duma, (I call them yes men and women) write a law against calling the invasion a war which is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Russia’s Duma passed harsh laws that would impose prison terms for people charged with spreading “fake news” about the military or calling for sanctions against the country.
People convicted of spreading what the authorities deem to be false information concerning the military’s activities face fines and imprisonment for as long as 15 years under the legislation, which now goes to President Vladimir Putin to sign.
The law will allow “those who lied and made statements discrediting our Armed Forces to be punished, and very severely,” as soon as it comes into force, Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said Friday, when lawmakers in the State Duma unanimously endorsed the measure. “bloomberg.com“
What we should be doing is showing the younger generation here what it looks like to be living under a dictator and not in a country as great as the United States of America.
where you are free to express your opinion without being imprisoned as Vladimir does the Russian people. As for Putin being a nuclear threat, fear, fear is what drives him to put such a threat out there.
America and its allies are feared by Vladimir Putin. If I’m not mistaken, his threat does nothing to deter America and its allies from arming the Ukrainians against his invasion. You would think his threat would cover arming the Ukrainians too. He knows if his threat would have covered arming the Ukrainians he would have had to put up or shut up.
God Bless America, God Bless the Veterans