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Top Russian Military Leaders Discuss Options For Using Nuclear Weapons In Ukraine: Report

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Russian soldiers wear chemical protection suits as they stand next to a military fueler on the base of a prime mover of Russian Topol intercontinental ballistic missile during a training session at the Serpukhov's military missile forces research institute some 100km outside Moscow on April 6, 2010. The US-Russia nuclear arms treaty to be signed this week enhances trust between the Cold War foes but Moscow may quit the pact if US missile defence plans go too far, a top Russian official said Tuesday.
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Top Russian military officials have reportedly discussed in recent days when and how to use tactical nuclear weapons against Ukraine, should the Kremlin give the order to do so.

The New York Times reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin was not part of the discussions, according to multiple senior U.S. officials. The report said that Putin has the sole power to issue the order to use nuclear weapons.

U.S. military officials were stunned that the discussions were even taking place because it meant that Putin’s past threats about using nuclear weapons may not be just bluster. The officials would not disclose the specific scenarios that Russian military leaders discussed where they would potentially use such weapons.

However, the report said that officials have not seen any substantial evidence that the Russians were planning to use tactical nuclear weapons in the near future.

Reports surfaced early last month that a Russian military train was reportedly transporting equipment for the nation’s nuclear weapons program to the frontlines of its war with Ukraine, sparking fears that Putin could be preparing to use nuclear weapons amid Russia’s mounting losses in the war.

The Telegraph reported that the train is “operated by the secretive nuclear division and linked to the 12th main directorate of the Russian ministry of defence.” The train, which was pictured on a Russian propaganda Telegram account, was reportedly on its way to Ukraine from central Russia.

Russia has since accused Ukraine of planning to use a dirty bomb against Russia, but then the U.S. in turn accused Russia of planning a false flag attack.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin later tamped down those fears while speaking to reporters, saying, “We have not seen anything to indicate that Putin has made a decision to use a dirty bomb.”

“It would be the first time a nuclear weapon has been used in over 70 years,” he said. “If this happened, we have been clear from the very beginning that you would see a very significant response from the international community.”

President Joe Biden used the remarks to apparently boost fundraising while talking to Democrats, saying that Putin is “not joking” about potentially using “tactical nuclear weapons or biological or chemical weapons because his military is you might say significantly underperforming.”

“We have not faced the prospect of Armageddon since Kennedy and the Cuban missile crisis,” Biden said, adding that “we have a direct threat of the use of nuclear weapons if in fact things continue down the path they are going.”

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