WorldWar in Ukraine: the hypothesis of a Russian tactical nuclear strike taken...

War in Ukraine: the hypothesis of a Russian tactical nuclear strike taken seriously by the allies


DECRYPTION – A month after the outbreak of hostilities, Vladimir Putin has not achieved his goals on the ground. To ward off failure, he could be tempted by an escalation, intensify the conflict to make his adversary give in.

The words are precise, reduced to a minimum. When it comes to evoking the nuclear threat, regularly waved like a scarecrow by Russia in the Ukrainian conflict, the hatches are closing. “The risk of escalation must be controlled”they said at the Elysée before the NATO summit, which was held Thursday in Brussels. “We are continuing our diplomatic efforts”it was added as the Kremlin spokesman on Tuesday considered a nuclear strike in the event of “existential threat”.

Basically, there is nothing new in Dmitri Peskov’s statement: all strategic doctrines envisage the use of nuclear weapons in the event of an attack on “vital interests” . But Moscow does not specify how Ukraine, from its point of view, is part of this perimeter.

A month after the outbreak of hostilities, Russian forces have failed to achieve their objectives on the ground. To ward off failure, Vladimir Putin could be tempted to escalate, intensify the conflict…

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