Badger nuclear explosion as part of Operation Upshot-Knothole on April 18, 1953 in Nevada.
Vladimir Putin knows how to push Western audiences: when he himself is not threatening nuclear retaliation, his chained dogs on TV are tasked with spreading as much fear as possible.
In fact, the military and heads of state do not like to talk about their new weapons – especially if they are still under development. Not so, Vladimir Putin. In March 2018, the President will address the Assembly of the Russian Federation and unveil six new “super weapons” that are said to be difficult.
First of all, the new, extremely heavy ICBM RS-28 Sarmat, affectionately called by NATO Satan II, which can carry 10 to 15 warheads. At an altitude of about 100 kilometers, the Satan II can fire the hypersonic Avangard weapon. The bullet takes over the speed of the bullet with it – and it adds a lot to that.
Depending on the source, the Avangard reaches speeds of Mach 20 to 27, but then slows down to Mach 14 to 15. It can perform evasive maneuvers and is said to be almost impossible to be stopped by interceptors. In addition, in March 2018, Putin revealed weapons, such as the Poseidon nuclear torpedo, that can dive deep and quickly to explode off the coast and trigger a deadly tsunami wave.
“Create a threat”
“In order to counteract the threat, we must create a threat,” comments the presentation of “super weapons”, which at that time also included the fast Kinzhal, Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov. , zirconium and nuclear-powered rockets count Burevesnik. On the one hand, Putin’s portrayal on March 1 could have been directed inward, because 17 days later the president was approved in the elections.
On the other hand, the idea is also a clear signal to the West that the attack on Russia will be met with immediate retaliation – unless Moscow itself strikes first with its new weapons. The Kremlin boss has a system that threatens to use this military equipment, in particular nuclear weapons, Putin is testing his nuclear arsenal in Ukraine just five days before the war breaks out.
Vladimir Putin (right) and his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko accompany the maneuvers of the nuclear forces on February 19.
Putin, together with the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenka, personally oversees the tests of ballistic and supersonic missiles as well as cruise missiles launched from the ground, from submarines and from the air. Pictures appear on television in which Valery Gerasimov tells Putin: “The main purpose of the exercise is to train the strategic actions of the offensive forces to lead the enemy to guaranteed defeat.”
“You know about the famous black suitcase”
It is doubtful whether Putin and Lukashenka really participated in the entire maneuver. The power of the images is more important, says Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov: “Such tests are impossible without a head of state. You know about the famous black suitcase and red buttons. “The maneuver was only part of the regular training and was not a sign of the impending escalation of the situation in Ukraine.
Five days later, Putin begins aggression in the west of his country – and the Russian president uses a flower to warn the West against a nuclear attack. “To all those who think about outside intervention: if you do, you will experience consequences greater than anything you have experienced in history.” For Dmitry Muratov, this is “a direct threat of nuclear war.”
Putin acted like “the ruler of the planet,” says the main reactor of “New Gazeta” and the Nobel Peace Prize winner according to “BBC”: “He said several times: if there is no Russia, why do we need a planet? Nobody paid any attention to it, but it is a danger: if Russia is not treated as it wants, then everything will be destroyed. “
Lavrov sees a “serious danger” to the GAU
Even in the first weeks of the war, the Kremlin repeatedly made a joke about “nuclear weapons” – for example, at the beginning of the campaign, when it pushed nuclear forces to a higher level of operational readiness. Or to intimidate Sweden and Finland not to join NATO: in mid-April, Moscow threatened to deploy nuclear weapons in the Kaliningrad exclave. Lithuania assured them that they had been there for a long time, so no one had to be nervous.
Nuclear energy Russia: a deterrent weapon on standby
Moscow, February 28, 2022: Russian Defense Ministry has put on alert nuclear deterrent weapons. Minister Sergei Shoigu said this to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, according to the agency’s statement. In particular, he mentioned the strategic missile forces, the Northern and Pacific fleets, and long-range aviation. Putin ordered the move in response to aggressive NATO statements. In a video distributed by the Kremlin on Sunday, Putin spoke of deterrent weapons and did not explicitly mention nuclear weapons. The EU and the US had previously imposed unprecedented sanctions on Russia. In his statement on the launch of the invasion of Ukraine last Thursday, Putin warned against engaging in aggression against Russia. He threatened the most severe consequences and stressed that Russia is now one of the “most powerful nuclear powers in the world”.
Shortly thereafter, Russia is testing its new Sarmatian – and of course informing the world about it: the giant rocket will be available in the fall, Putin promises and again assures that no defense will intercept his angel of death. And even before the end of April, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov added: “The risk of a nuclear war is now” substantial, “he said on April 25 – even if he did not want to” artificially inflate “the topic. The matter is “serious” and “must not be taken lightly.”
The possible Russian nuclear attack is also increasingly discussed on national television: If these agitators are to be believed, World War III is inevitable. For example, Olga Skabeeva hosts the country’s most popular political talk show on the Rossija-1 channel. The 37-year-old comments on the meeting in Germany, which the US invited to coordinate military aid.
“We will all die one day”
Skabeeva believes that “World War III is already underway, not just a special operation anymore, with 40 states against us. The representatives of these 40 countries are modern, collective Hitler. ” On the same day, “Evening with Vladimir Soloviev” is repeated twice by the host: “If you decide to support Ukraine, even if Sergey Lavrov said it could lead to World War III, nothing will stop you.” You decided to make the game great. They are bastards with no morals.
Scholz about Ukraine: “There can be no nuclear war”
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz finds clear words for his policy towards Ukraine. The top priority is to avoid the spread of the war to NATO. “There can be no nuclear war.”
The thought that “everything will end in a nuclear attack is more likely to me than any other solution,” says Margarita Simonyan. The head of state broadcaster “RT” comments dryly: “We will all die one day. But we will get to heaven while others will only gnaw the dust. ” And now “60 minutes” is shocking the West again – because the program shows how Moscow’s new missiles can wipe out London, Paris or Berlin from the map in a matter of minutes.
“One Sarmatian and that’s it – the British Isles do not exist anymore,” says politician Alexei Żurawlew, chairman of Rodin’s party. The new ICBM could fly from Kaliningrad to the German capital in 106 seconds, to the French capital in 200 and to the British capital in 202.
Nuclear War Is Not “Likely Consequence”
What do you think about it? Can you imagine Moscow actually using nuclear weapons? According to the new doctrine, Moscow will do so if there are reliable data that ballistic missiles will attack Russia, if weapons of mass destruction are used, if Russia is attacked in a way that prevents the launch of its own missiles, or if the use of conventional weapons would threaten the existence of the endangered state.
However, experts consider the Kremlin’s threats a bluff. “I don’t think nuclear war is likely to be a consequence of this crisis,” says the director of the Stockholm peace research institute Sipri. At the same time, Dan Smith admits: “Unfortunately, if there is a nuclear weapon, then of course there is always the very small possibility.”
Russia is losing all hope of deterring the world from supporting Ukraine. Hence it is said about the “real” danger of World War III. This only means that Moscow senses failure in Ukraine. That is why the world must double in supporting Ukraine so that we can win and ensure European and world security.
– Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) April 25, 2022
And Dmytro Kuleba sees one thing in Moscow’s reactions above all: sowing fear. «Russia has lost all hope of stopping the world from supporting Ukraine. Hence the talk of the “real” danger of the Third World War. It just means that Moscow feels it is losing in Ukraine. “
“Fear is a bad adviser”
What about tactical nuclear weapons that could be used locally? “I don’t think Putin is willing to use tactical nuclear weapons when he is wreaking havoc in Ukrainian cities with heavy weapons,” said Joshua Pollack of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey.
Pollack also does not question the heightened vigilance of Russian rockets. “More people are on duty, but if more people don’t bother you too much.” The United States is not worried either. Russia’s nuclear arsenal is closely monitored, Reuters quoted an anonymous official who said, “And we don’t believe there is any danger of using nuclear weapons.”
The aim of the Kremlin’s nuclear rhetoric seems to be primarily one thing: to arouse fear. So that Western citizens can speak out against the arms shipment to Ukraine. So that northern Europeans would not dare to join a defensive alliance. That the broad European and American public opinion should stop worrying about the fate of Ukraine.
But thanks to former US President Andrew Jackson, we know: “Fear is a bad adviser.”