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1) Edward Helmore, “Petraeus: US would destroy Russia’s troops if Putin uses nuclear weapons in Ukraine; Former CIA director and retired army general says Moscow’s leader is ‘desperate’ and ‘battlefield reality he faces is irreversible,'” The Guardian, October 2, 2022 (14:56 EDT);
2) Bob Seely, “We are entering a terrifying new phase of the Russo-Ukraine war; The West will be Putin’s target in the coming months,” The Telegraph, October 2, 2022 (8:55 am).
Dr Robert Seely MP sits on the Foreign Affairs Committee. His doctorate is in integrated Russian warfare
3) Anne Applebaum, “Putin’s Newest Annexation Is Dire for Russia Too; His baldly illegitimate claim to four Ukrainian provinces shows contempt for the global order—and his own subjects,” The Atlantic, September 30, 2022;
4) Lluís Bassets, “Cada vez más cerca del disparo nuclear;; Nunca el mundo ha estado tan cerca del despeñadero atómico desde la crisis de los misiles en Cuba,” El País, el 28 devseptiembre 2022 (23:00 EDT);
Former CIA Director and Commander in both Iraq and Afghanistan General David Petraeus, allowing that he had not soken to U.S. National Security Director Jake Sullivan, detailed on Sunday potential U.S. and NATO responses to any use of a nuclear weapon by Vladimir Putin in Ukraine. He declared:
The US and its allies would destroy Russia’s troops and equipment in Ukraine – as well as sink its Black Sea fleet – if the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, uses nuclear weapons in the country, former CIA director and retired four-star army general David Petraeus warned on Sunday.
He told ABC News: “Just to give you a hypothetical, we would respond by leading a Nato – a collective – effort that would take out every Russian conventional force that we can see and identify on the battlefield in Ukraine and also in Crimea and every ship in the Black Sea.”
Edward Helmore of The Telegraph reports that Russia is sending a train controlled by the army unit that stores nuclear warheads from the East toward the Western Front. The Biden administration, wisely or unwisely has been saying haven’t seen any signs of Russia moving toward the deployment of nuclear weapons.
This report contradicts that narrative. In any event, the Biden administration should stop issuing this assurances, in view of the fact that our intelligences services may not be able to pickup the movement of small tactical nuclear weapons.
A Russian convoy transporting equipment for Russia’s nuclear weapons programme has sparked fears that Vladimir Putin could be preparing a test to send a “signal to the West”.
A train operated by the secretive nuclear division and linked to the 12th main directorate of the Russian ministry of defence was spotted in central Russia over the weekend heading towards the front line in Ukraine.
The pro-Russian Telegram channel Rybar shared the footage showing the large freight convoy hauling upgraded armoured personnel carriers and other equipment.
Konrad Muzyka, a defence analyst specialising in Ukraine, said the 12th directorate operated a dozen central storage facilities for nuclear weapons.
Putin appears to be trying to signal his deadly seriousness. Russia plans a test of its nuclear-capable Poseidon drone.
It comes as sources told The Times that Nato had sent an intelligence report to its members and allies alerting them to the fact that Russia is expected to test its nuclear-capable torpedo drone Poseidon, possibly in the Black Sea, which it controls.
The Poseidon torpedo, dubbed the “weapon of the apocalypse”, can be launched from the submarine. According to La Repubblica newspaper, it is about to be tested in the area of the Kara Sea, north of the Russian mainland.
It is unlikely that the Torpedo will be tested with a nuclear warhead, as an above-ground nuclear explosion would violate the 1963 Limited Test Ban Treaty to which Russia is a party, and also call forth responses from NATO such as those described by Petraeus.
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