In recent days, two prominent Russians have urged President Vladimir Putin to use nuclear weapons against Ukraine, they wrote Moscow Times.
Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of Russia’s State Duma, has hinted extensively that Russia should use nuclear weapons against Ukraine in response to the alleged drone attack on the Kremlin last week.
The Kremlin referred to the drone incident as a failed assassination attempt against Putin.
Volodin described the drone incident as a terrorist attack, and at the same time indicated that there was no room for negotiations.
– We will demand the use of weapons that can stop and destroy the terrorist regime in Kiev, Volodin wrote in his letter Telegram channel.
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– Nukes are the best way
Dmitry Rogozin is a former Russian deputy prime minister and former head of the Russian space program Roscosmos.
He recently stated that nuclear strikes are the only way to contain an expected Ukrainian counterattack.
– The best way to crush their attack is to use tactical nukes. This, of course, has obvious consequences, but at the moment I think there are no other options, as he said in one of them video which was posted on Friday.
The phrases in the video are: Translated by the BBC’s Frances Scarrwhich monitors traditional and social media in Russia.
In the video statement, Rogozin claimed that Ukraine currently has a military advantage over Russia in terms of weapons and ammunition.
– Rogozin said that they (nuclear weapons) are a great balancing factor at a time when there is a clear difference between conventional forces and equipment in favor of the enemy.
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Russian nuclear weapons doctrine
Russia’s nuclear weapons doctrine is, in part, a general framework for determining when and how Russia will be able to use nuclear weapons. Doctrine has two basic criteria for use:
- If others use nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction against Russia or its allies
- If a conventional attack threatens the existence of the Russian state.
The Kremlin is deliberately creating uncertainty about Russia’s willingness to use nuclear weapons, reads the E-Services 2023 Security Assessment. If the conflict escalates into a regional war involving NATO, Russia will be able to use nuclear weapons on the grounds that war threatens Russia. Existence. In such a situation, the so-called experimental use of tactical nuclear weapons could be a possibility, according to the online service.
source: Focus Point 2023 – The Intelligence Service’s assessment of current security challenges
Rogozin claims Russia has every right to use nuclear weapons against Ukraine, and refers to the country’s nuclear weapons doctrine, he writes. Newsweek.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed at a press conference in Helsinki last week that a Ukrainian counterattack was imminent.
– Useless on the battlefield
A Russian nuclear weapons researcher believes that the latest nuclear threats should be condemned in the strongest terms by the rest of the world.
– One can say with a great deal of certainty that nuclear weapons are absolutely useless on the battlefield. The threat to use nuclear weapons against Ukraine is actually just a threat to kill a lot of people, Pavel Budwig tells Netavizn.
Budwig is the project manager for Russian nuclear forces in Switzerland and is considered among the world’s foremost experts on Russian nuclear weapons.
– This kind of action will in no way be able to change the military situation on the battlefield, says Budwig.
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The use of tactical nuclear weapons on the battlefield in Ukraine may affect supply lines, military facilities, and military forces. The usefulness of nuclear weapons on the battlefield is small compared to the condemnation they evoke.
– Last year, there were a number of similar statements, and all countries said that all nuclear threats are irresponsible. This is just another reminder that such statements are unacceptable and should be condemned in the strongest terms by everyone, Budwig says.
– Are Volodin and Rogozin people that Putin listens to?
– It’s hard for me to know for sure, but I think they’re not necessarily in the circle of people who actually make the decisions, Budwig says.
Nor does he believe that nuclear threats are something the Kremlin has approved and orchestrated.
– We see that a number of people in Russia in various capacities, formal and informal, have presented this kind of threat in the past. I don’t think the recent statements are a coordinated campaign. It does not seem so. I repeat that reactions to this kind of language and threats should be condemned in the strongest terms, Budwig says.
Prigozhin: – We look like clowns
Another high-ranking Russian – the notorious Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin – ridiculed Duma leader Vyacheslav Volodin’s proposal to resort to nuclear weapons in retaliation for the drone incident.
– Prigozhin said that the use of nuclear weapons in response to a drone is, of course, completely out of the question, statement reproduced and translated by Yahoo news.
– Prigozhin said we look like clowns by threatening nukes against a children’s drone.
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– In a way, he is largely right, says the Russian researcher in the field of nuclear weapons.
– It would certainly have been a disproportionate reaction to the drone attack. Budwig says it is highly irresponsible and unacceptable with this use of language, either in general or in the context of the war or the drone incident.
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