Why Putin would be a fool to go nuclear in Ukraine

With freedom to operate above Ukraine, Western air forces could do the same thing to the Russian army that they did to the Iraqi and Libyan armies: destroy pretty much every tank, armoured vehicle or artillery piece that dared show itself. This work, once the airspace was opened up by the various standoff cruise weapons, … Read more

What the US means when it says ‘catastrophic consequences’

“That could lose any support the action had in the UN and cede the international moral high ground. “Horizontal escalation is likely what they’ll be thinking. Make the Russians hurt elsewhere.” Such a response could see Russian military capabilities targeted in other regions of the world, for example in Syria, although this could risk spreading … Read more

Even Russia’s friends are getting upset over its war – POLITICO

NEW YORK — By the time Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov took the stage at the United Nations General Assembly this week, he and his country had already lost much of the audience. Throughout the annual gathering, world leader after world leader had expressed deep discomfort if not outright condemnation over Russia’s war in Ukraine. … Read more

Putin ‘will trigger world nuclear arms race if he bombs Ukraine’

On Friday night, Oleksiy Gromov, a senior army official, said the village of Yatskivka had been retaken, adding Ukrainian troops had “regained control over positions to the south of Bakhmut”. Yatskivka, about 10km east of Izyum, sits on the eastern bank of the strategic Oskil river, which Kyiv’s forces crossed after recapturing swathes of territory … Read more

Biden sends secret nuclear strike warning to Putin

The existence of the US warnings over nuclear weapons emerged as voting began in referendums on whether Russian-held regions of Ukraine should become part of Russia. Ukrainian and Western officials have condemned the votes as an illegitimate attempt by Moscow to annex areas its forces have occupied during nearly seven months of war. The sham … Read more

Beyond empty threats, Putin has nothing left

Vladimir Putin’s televised address should be seen not so much as a rallying cry for the Russian people to maintain their support for his so-called “special military operation” in Ukraine, but more as an abject declaration of defeat. These are desperate times for the Russian autocrat, and each and every one of the measures he … Read more

Vladimir Putin set to declare occupied land in Ukraine part of Russia

Kremlin figures indicated that the expected annexations would heighten the prospect of Nato being drawn into the conflict if it did not accept Russian territorial gains. Dmitry Medvedev, the deputy chairman of Russia’s security council, said: “Encroachment onto Russian territory is a crime which allows you to use all the forces of self-defence. “This is … Read more