Vladimir Putin is throwing it all against the wall today. Today’s statement includes that Ukraine has become an instrument of US foreign policy, has practically lost its sovereignty, its territory has been turned into a testing ground for biological experiments, and now it is being pumped up with weapons. I think that included nuclear weapons. Moar:
Putin has used nuclear fear since the beginning of his war. He started with threats when he declared war on February 24.
No matter who tries to stand in our way or all the more so create threats for our country and our people, they must know that Russia will respond immediately, and the consequences will be such as you have never seen in your entire history.
Shortly afterward, on March 5, he accused Ukraine of wanting to get nuclear weapons.
Now they are talking about gaining a nuclear status, that is, acquiring nuclear weapons. We cannot ignore such things either, especially because we know how the so-called West acts with regard to Russia. First, Ukraine has had nuclear competencies since the Soviet times. As far as enrichment and nuclear materials are concerned, they are capable of launching such projects. They have missile competencies. Suffice it to mention Yuzhmash – it created intercontinental ballistic missile equipment for the Soviet Union. They can boost it and do it. And they will also receive help with that from across the ocean. And then they will say that we do not recognise their nuclear status, that they did it themselves, and they will put these systems under control, and from that moment, from that very second, Russia’s future will change dramatically. From then on, our strategic adversaries would not even need to have intercontinental ballistic missiles. They would be able to keep us at the nuclear gunpoint, and that would be it.
That’s fairly incoherent. Perhaps it was the stress of talking to female aircrew members.
On March 16, he broadened the accusations to biological warfare.
They also started to implement plans to join NATO. Moreover, the Kiev authorities also announced their intention to have nuclear weapons and delivery vehicles. This was a real threat. With foreign technical support, the pro-Nazi Kiev regime would have obtained weapons of mass destruction in the foreseeable future and, of course, would have targeted them against Russia.
There was a network of dozens of laboratories in Ukraine, where military biological programmes were conducted under the guidance and with the financial support of the Pentagon, including experiments with coronavirus strains, anthrax, cholera, African swine fever and other deadly diseases. Frantic attempts are being made to conceal traces of these secret programmes. However, we have grounds to assume that components of biological weapons were being created in direct proximity to Russia on the territory of Ukraine.
These accusations have continued throughout the war, sometimes from others in the Russian government.
Although some have interpreted these threats as mirroring Russia’s intentions, Russia has not mounted a WMD attack. The accusations toward Ukraine may be an attempt to justify the war. Additionally, the accusations keep Western analysts busy trying to figure out what they mean. They also provoke fear in general populations, particularly in Europe and the United States.
Suggestions from high within the Russian government that WMD might be used must be taken seriously. Russia’s talk without action may be because American and European officials have vigorously indicated that Russia will suffer for any WMD use.
The situation at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant has also been a source of fear as it has been shelled and possibly mined, more likely by Russian occupiers than Ukrainian operators. Additionally, the Russian occupiers have tortured and otherwise mistreated the plant staff.
So far, fear is the goal.
Cross-posted to Nuclear Diner