September 28, 2022

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Russia-Ukraine war: What are the nuclear deterrents that Vladimir Putin warned about?

President of Russia, Vladimir PutinOrdered this Sunday They kept their forces alertNuclear prevention”And showed his muscles by launching missiles Iskander Towards Ukraine. It is a sophisticated weapon that, in theory, can be loaded Nuclear weapons.

Russia has half of its nuclear weapons It exists in the world, but the big question today is whether Putin is playing a game of poker or is he really threatening to unleash a war that will have dramatic consequences for humanity.

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Vladimir Putin’s sleeve ace in Russian nuclear war with Ukraine

Russia currently has 1,625 nuclear weapons. Of that number, a further 2,870 were to be stored and 1,760 strategically added. Total amount 6255 Nuclear weaponsAccording to the latest data collected by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

Across the street, the United States has deployed 1,800 nuclear weapons and, In total, collect 5550According to data from the same agency.

Vladimir Putin (Photo by Sputnik / Sergei Gunev / via Kremlin REUTERS)Source: Via REUTERS

China (350), France (290), the United Kingdom (225), Pakistan (165), India (156) and Israel (90) are the other countries with nuclear weapons, according to the company data. North Korea is capable of developing 40 to 50 nuclear weapons.

Moscow still has the most nuclear weapons in the world. According to the latest data from the Nuclear Scientists’ Bulletin, Russia has 1,588 nuclear weapons stationed at ballistic missile and heavy bombardment sites, and 977 strategic warships and 1,912 non-strategic warships in stock.

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Part of the arsenal was located precisely in Ukraine, but after the disappearance of the Soviet Union and the formation of a constitutional law as the country’s independent republic, Kiev abandoned its nuclear weapons and handed over to Russia to guarantee its independence and territorial integrity.

Russia has missiles and the power to strike NATO

On March 1, 2018, Putin delivered a ballistic missile Sharmath With “almost unlimited limit”. He said the missile had “rendered” the US missile shield “useless.” A few months later he delivered the hypersonic In advanceAccording to Russian estimates, it is capable of overcoming future US anti-missile shields and anti-missile defense systems.

Avangard can reach dense layers of the atmosphere and is 20 times faster than the speed of sound. This Will allow you to reach the US border in 15 minutes. In February 2021, Russia and the United States extended the last nuclear disarmament agreement between the two powers, New START, signed in 2010 by five years.

Moscow puts the nuclear issue on the table
Moscow puts the nuclear issue on the table

Can Vladimir Putin use his nuclear weapons in the war against Ukraine?

Cited by British military analysts Skynews They said they were launching Russian missiles Iskander Towards Ukraine, condemned by the Kiev government, the first nuclear warning issued by the Kremlin may be a warning. The reason is that they are nuclear weapons

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Deborah HaynesTeacher of Defense and Security The skyThe so-called “escalator to de-escalate” (Escalate to de-Escalate), which means Putin’s new threats are part of Russian military policy, is to intimidate the enemy and force them to retreat. But beyond the danger underlying this threat, Haynes sees the situation as a possible sign. “FrustrationBefore the resistance seen in the first days of the invasion.

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A soldier crosses Ukrainian armored vehicles and builds a barrier on Kiev Street.  (AP Photo / Ephraim Lukotsky)
A soldier crosses Ukrainian armored vehicles and builds a barrier on Kiev Street. (AP Photo / Ephraim Lukotsky)

Moreover, experts said that keeping the nuclear deterrent forces alert is very symbolic. In fact, part of the nuclear weapons in Russia and NATO, Is permanently ready for immediate use.

“They will be activated in 10 minutes,” he said AFP Mark Finnat, Expert at the Geneva Center for Security Policy (GCSP). “These are warships already attached to missiles (on land or underwater) or bombs that are already on board,” said the striking aircraft.

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At the time, experts in a recently published “Bulletin of Nuclear Scientists” article Hans Christensen And Matt Corda They said about 1,600 nuclear weapons had been deployed and were ready for use.

“Because Russian strategic forces are always vigilant, The real question is whether he sent more submarines or carried bombs.”, Hans Christensen said on Twitter this Sunday.

For Elliott Cohen, an expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C., Putin’s threat comes from the “frustration” of fierce opposition from the Ukrainian military.

Putin “is a gambler, someone who takes risks. It’s trying to test us psychologically, “said Cohen.

Vladimir Putin warns nuclear defense forces: brave or real threat?