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War in Ukraine: The nuclear threat once again makes its way on the international stage

Putin reinstated the debate after his failure in Ukraine, saying that it is not a “bluff”.

The war in Ukraine, since its beginning in February, has put on the world map the veil of a new nuclear threat, for the first time since the Cold War. The conflict then dragged on dramatically, taking the form of eternal and exhausting trench warfare, partially dispelling the atomic specter, until this Wednesday morning.

The Ukrainian counteroffensive of the last few days has cornered Vladimir Putin on the brink of failure, leading him in his desperation to raise again the specter of an atomic conflict.

Announcing the mobilization of 300,000 reservists, in a speech to the nation, Putin said he was willing to use “all means” of its arsenal against the West. “This is not a bluff”sentenced.

Putin speaks during an event in Veliky Novgorod. Photo: Ilya Pitalev/SPUTNIK/AFP

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Putin thus reinstated the shadows of a nuclear conflict just as the UN General Assembly was meeting in New York.

Joe Biden took advantage of that arena to respond: “A nuclear war cannot be won and should never be fought“.

In his opinion column this Wednesday in The New York Times, “Invasion of Ukraine: We still don’t know how the war ends”, Thomas Friedman rehearses various possible endings to the conflict. The first scenario he describes “is a total Ukrainian victory, running the risk that Putin do something crazy as defeat and humiliation stare him in the face.”

Friedman maintain that Putin has already alluded several times to be willing to contemplate the use of a nuclear weapon if Ukraine and its NATO allies begin to overwhelm his forces and he faces complete humiliation.

“I hope the CIA has a covert plan to disrupt Putin’s chain of command so that no one press the button”, he ironized.

Joe Biden leaves the room after speaking before the General Assembly.  Photo: Reuters

Joe Biden leaves the room after speaking before the General Assembly. Photo: Reuters

Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky does not believe that Putin will ever use nuclear weapons for the simple fact that he doesn’t think “the world will let that happen.”

China, in fact, rushed this very Wednesday, shortly after listening to Putin’s speech, to ask a ceasefire.

United States and Europe threats are taken seriously of Putin. Washington denounced “irresponsible rhetoric from a nuclear power.”

Even Pope Francis spoke about it in the general audience on Wednesdays. “It is crazy think about the use of nuclear weapons,” he lamented.

Russian military doctrine foresees the possibility of resorting to nuclear weapons if the territories considered Russian by Moscow are attacked, which could be the case if this weekend four areas of Eastern Ukraine vote to join Russia as soon as possible.

These referendums will be held between September 23 and 27 under no supervision other than that of Russia.

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