Moscow has rejected suggestions that it would opt for tactical nuclear weapons in the Ukraine war, but things on the battlefield are going so badly for Russia that many observers are increasingly worried about how President Trump will respond. President Vladimir Putin will react.
Among them is Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, who warned on Sunday, “The war going on is not so good for Russia right now. Therefore, we are all responsible for maintaining high availability. “
His remarks followed a visit to a military base in Poland, where he called for increased vigilance within the US military, according to Reuters. “When it comes to war, you just don’t know for sure what will happen next,” he added.
President Joe Biden, ask on a sunday 60 minutes segmented what he would say to Putin if he were to consider them (or chemical weapons), replying: “Don’t. Do not. Do not. It will change the landscape of war unlike anything since the Second World War.”
Meanwhile, Russia’s understanding of the battlefield is asked this weekend of the Institute for the Study of War, a prominent think tank. The think-tank noted that instead of defending against Ukrainian counter-attacks in the eastern Kharkiv region, Putin’s military is prioritizing “nonsense” offensive operations in various villages with sentimental significance for the pro-war residents of the Donetsk People’s Republic [but of] other minor importance. “
Ukrainian forces recently repelled the Russians in a quick counterattack in the northeast of the country. The Russian Ministry of Defense describes it as a “gathering”, but a Military experts call it a journey.
“It seems the last few days have been the heaviest aftermath of the Ukraine War,” military expert Mike Martin wrote in a blog post Twitter theme last weekend. “After what we have seen in the last 72 hours, the collapse of the Russian armed forces in Ukraine does not seem to be long in coming.”
The defeat comes as support at home for Putin, who is under pressure from nationalists to regain the initiative, has collapsed.
Others also warned this week of Putin’s possible reactions to Ukraine’s battlefield success. Rose Gottemoeller, former NATO deputy, told BBC Radio’s Today She fears Russian forces “will strike back now in really unpredictable ways, possibly even involving weapons of mass destruction.”
A nuclear attack could come as a “single attack on the Black Sea or it could be an attack on a Ukrainian military facility”, she said. The goal would be “to make the Ukrainians in their terror surrender.”
“I’m really worried about that kind of scenario at the moment,” she added.
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