Washington Post: We are two or three steps away from nuclear war – World – News

Russia is stealing Ukrainian territory and is even threatening nuclear war. While it remains extremely unlikely that Russia would use nuclear weapons, experts are concerned about the rhetoric of Vladimir Putin’s regime.

, 01.10.2022 14:00


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The head of the Kremlin in Ukraine has achieved practically nothing since the war he started on February 24. On Friday, Putin tried to cover up the military failure by announcing the annexation of four Ukrainian territories to Russia on the basis of fictitious referendums. And to the nationalist propaganda speeches, Putin again added threats that he might reach for nuclear weapons.

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Diary The Washington Post wrotethat the West had hoped that Ukraine’s successes would force the Russian president to back down, but instead the Kremlin chief is taking even greater risks.

Nobody knows what will happen

“We see over and over again that Putin sees this as a big existential war and is ready to raise the stakes if he loses on the battlefield,” Alexader Gabuyev of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace told the Washington Post. “At the same time, I don’t think the West is going to back down, so it’s now a very difficult challenge. We are two or three steps away from Russia not achieving its goals and resorting to what was once unthinkable,” Gabuyev said, apparently referring to the use of nuclear weapons.

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“No one knows what Putin will decide to do, no one,” a European Union official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive topic, told the Washington Post. The only way out for him is total victory or total defeat, and we are working on the latter. We need Ukraine to win, so we are working to prevent worst-case scenarios by helping Ukraine win.”

Franz-Stefan Gady of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London thinks the likelihood of Putin using nuclear weapons is low. But he told Western politicians not to take this possibility lightly.

“It is unlikely to happen, but it is the most serious case of a nuclear threat since the 1980s, when the Cold War ended. It is a very dangerous situation and Western politicians must take it seriously,” Gady told the Washington Post.

Putin is not a suicide

However, the expert also reminded that Putin has other options available to escalate the war. And he will probably use them even before he decides to reach for atomic bombs.

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“He would probably use nuclear weapons only after mobilization, sabotage and other measures have failed, and it is not clear what Putin would achieve by deploying them,” Gady pointed out. “From a purely military point of view, nuclear weapons would not solve any of Russia’s military problems president. One attack would not be enough to change the way the war looks. It would not even intimidate Ukraine into giving up territory, and it would lead to increased Western support, and I think there would be a US response,” Gady explained.

The former commander of US forces in Europe, Ben Hodges, assumes that the head of the Kremlin will not use nuclear weapons. “While Putin is dangerous, he is not suicidal, and the people around him are not suicidal either,” Hodges told the Washington Post.

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