Putin ‘may test nuclear bomb on Ukrainian border’ after nuclear train used as ‘apocalypse’ torpedo submarine in Arctic

VLADIMIR Putin could turn the war in Ukraine nuclear by detonating a bomb at the border in a message to the West, it has been claimed.

Russia rattles its nuclear saber as its forces continue to be pushed back, despite Moscow having declared four regions its own.

Vladimir Putin is feared to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine

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Vladimir Putin is feared to use nuclear weapons in UkrainePhoto credit: Rex
Russia has the largest nuclear arsenal in the world

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Russia has the largest nuclear arsenal in the worldCredit: AP
Putin's giant nuclear submarine Belgorod is reportedly at sea in the Arctic

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Putin’s giant nuclear submarine Belgorod is reportedly at sea in the ArcticPhoto credit: East2West

Putin has been audacious in his threats to turn the already devastating war into a nuclear one – and Russian military doctrine leaves the door open for them to use a nuclear weapon.

Vlad’s largest submarine, Belgorod, which can be armed with “Apocalypse” nuclear torpedoes, is on the move and there have been reports of a convoy traveling in Russia with a nuclear unit.

And now the world is waiting with bated breath to see if Putin will carry out his threats, as his army suffered further humiliating defeats yesterday as Ukraine charged at Kherson.

Defense sources are reportedly claiming that one of the options on the table is that Putin could detonate a nuclear weapon at the border in a massive show of force, reports The Times.

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Putin would need to find a large enough area to detonate the weapon without harming his own people – particularly those they recently “welcomed” as part of Russia.

But the risky gamble could send a clear message to Ukraine and the West that, for the first time since the end of World War II, it is not afraid to use nuclear weapons in combat.

It is well known that the current nuclear threats relate specifically to smaller, tactical weapons designed for use on the battlefield, and not to massive bombs that kill cities.

NATO is said to have warned its members of the possibility that Vlad could be preparing for a nuclear escalation.

Defense sources said a more likely option, however, is for Putin to use a nuclear weapon in the Black Sea.

Vlad could detonate a weapon over the sea bordering Russia and Ukraine, along with NATO members Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey.

Putin could even potentially detonate a bomb on Snake Island – a symbol of the Ukrainian resistance from earlier in the war, famous for the message telling Russians to fuck off.

dr Rod Thornton, a security expert at King’s College London, suggested the outpost during an interview with Forbes.

Other options could be a full-scale battlefield attack against Ukrainian forces using tactical nuclear weapons.

While such devices would be smaller, they would still be extremely devastating – killing thousands and bathing a large area in radiation.

Other more drastic — and less realistic — options could mean that Putin could go all out and launch a strike at Kyiv, or even attempt to defeat Western weapons entering Ukraine from Poland.

And all of these options would likely prohibit a response in the West.

It could range from a US nuclear attack on Russians to a sudden attempt to end the war and broker peace between Kyiv and Moscow.

He is willing to up the ante if he loses on the battlefield

Alexander Gabyev

In any case, the nuclear threat is bringing humanity to the brink of one of the most dangerous moments since the Cold War with the looming specter of World War III.

Alexander Gabuev, senior fellow of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, told the Washington Post, “We see time and again that Vladimir Putin sees this as a major existential war and is willing to raise the stakes if he loses on the battlefield.”

“At the same time, I don’t think the West will give in, so it’s a very difficult challenge now.”

He warned the world was “two or three steps” away from the unthinkable – nuclear war.

Professor Joe Siracus of Curtin University in Australia also warned that the world is just a “nanosecond” away from a full-blown nuclear crisis.

He suggested that Vlad might see one of his options as attacking western weapons before they arrive in Ukraine.

“We’re very, very close,” the professor warned.

He continued, “The probability of war … between Putin and Biden is about 10 percent if they have their own capability.

“The chance of an accidental war is about 90 percent right now because there are no guard rails anywhere and theater commanders can do whatever they want.”

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Russian state television was awash with talk of nuclear war – while Putin’s mouthpiece anchors constantly raised the possibility throughout the conflict, even suggesting that London be destroyed with nuclear weapons.

Putin – who is reportedly becoming increasingly unpredictable over his health concerns – has the world’s largest nuclear arsenal within reach.

And he gave a rambling speech last Friday as Russia annexed four regions in eastern Ukraine, in which he moaned constantly and incoherently about the West.

Moscow has red lines in its doctrine on when to use nuclear weapons – but they are softer than those in the West.

Putin likes to take up arms when he sees an “existential threat” to Russia.

Russia is said to have about 2,000 nuclear weapons in its arsenal in the form of small missiles, torpedoes and artillery shells.

Putin’s commanders thought they could roll over Ukraine in a matter of days – but the war has been raging for eight months now.

Russian troops thought they would be greeted with cheers and waving flags, but instead they were met with Kalashnikovs and Molotov cocktails.

The war has turned into a slow and brutal morass – one that has caused the Russians to change tactics, moving from attempts at surgical strikes to brutal, indiscriminate attacks on civilians.

With more defeats on the horizon, a seemingly hopeless mass mobilization, and a resurgent Ukraine charging toward its new “territory,” fears are growing that the war could escalate again.

Both the US and Russia are believed to have invested significant time and money in developing smaller battlefield-grade nuclear weapons.

The weapons lack the truly terrifying destructive power of the greatest weapons of the Cold War era – like the Tsar Bomb.

A single 58-megaton Tsar bomb could wreak havoc in an area 50 miles away, killing millions of people, sending a shock wave that would circle the globe three times, and causing a mushroom cloud visible 500 miles away.

Such a bomb was deemed far too large to ever be used due to the potentially apocalyptic consequences of such a nuclear exchange.

But this mindset has led war planners to develop and possibly use tactical – as opposed to strategic – nuclear weapons.

It is believed that Moscow’s war doctrine is open to the use of nuclear weapons in a conventional conflict as an intimidation tactic – and the use of such a weapon must be sanctioned personally by Putin.

The tactic became known as “escalate to de-escalate”.

Moscow has practiced such strategies in the field before – for example simulating a NATO attack on the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad.

The scenario called for Russian forces to retaliate against the invading West by firing nuclear weapons at Poland and the US.

And these exercises are believed to have taken place in the 1990s and 1990s, using tactical nuclear weapons for both attack and defense.

Russian warships, rocket launchers, fighter jets, and even field artillery pieces can be armed with low-yield nuclear warheads.

NATO has unequivocally warned that if Putin uses a nuclear bomb, the consequences will be “catastrophic” – with the alliance calling the war currently at its most dangerous.

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