According to the military expert, at first the bloody dictator will show practical readiness for the use of nuclear weapons.
Military expert Oleg Zhdanov explained what Putin’s nuclear threats testify to against the backdrop of large-scale failures of his army in Ukraine. He also told how exactly a dictator can hit our country if he moves from threats to action.
Zhdanov shared his opinion in an interview with UNIAN journalists on the air of the telethon.
So, if Putin does declare that the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, where pseudo-referendums are being held, are “joining” the Russian Federation, he will lose the opportunity to resolve the situation through negotiations. And then the dictator will “play the card” of a nuclear attack, the expert believes.
“This escalation has two tasks. The first is to escalate the conflict with forcing the West to negotiate. And the second task is to save the front. He wants to save the front at any cost. It doesn’t matter to him, he understands that there will be a lot of losses, so they, according to some Western intelligence communities will still call on 1 million and 200 thousand people. But it will be like in 1941, just “throw bodies”, just put a bunch of people in the trenches so that we cannot advance. In general, this is a call: if this the call will not work, this escalation, which means, I think, the card of the threat of nuclear strikes will be played,” Zhdanov said.
He also described a likely scenario for Putin’s next steps. According to the military expert, first the bloody dictator will show readiness to use nuclear weapons.
“It will involve practical actions. Remember, in March, when Putin put the forces of the strategic missile forces into a special regime? It will be the same. He will give orders. for example, the Topol-M system, and he will drive these regiments over uncut grass, but without delivering nuclear weapons, showing their readiness for use,” Zhdanov said.
However, Putin should understand that the West will respond harshly to such actions. The Russian Federation will receive a retaliatory strike in the event of a nuclear attack. Zhdanov recalled the words of Johnson and Biden when they talked about a preemptive strike from conventional weapons on the Russian Federation. The United States knows and clearly monitors all of Putin’s nuclear stockpile, and therefore the dictator will definitely see the answer if he decides to launch a nuclear strike.
“A tactical nuclear strike, if we are talking about the minimum charge, then the zone of safe troops from the epicenter is 15 kilometers … It (the minimum charge – UNIAN) is designed to break through a gap either in a defense in depth or to destroy troops in concentration areas. we don’t have areas of concentration, we fight in a completely different way,” the expert added.
According to Zhdanov, even the reactor building will withstand a nuclear strike with a minimum charge. Radioactive contamination will be minimal, but the reaction of the West will be lightning fast.
Putin’s nuclear blackmail: what you need to know
On September 21, Putin, speaking of nuclear weapons, said that he would use all available means in the event of a “threat to the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation.” In response, the United States warned the Russian Federation of “catastrophic consequences” if the aggressor hit Ukraine with a nuclear weapon.
Zelensky, commenting on Putin’s threats, said:
“He (Putin – UNIAN) wants to scare the whole world. These are the first steps of his nuclear blackmail. I don’t think he’s bluffing. I think the world is holding him back and holding back this threat. We need to continue to put pressure on him and not let him continue”.