An expert has said Britain has “wargaming” responses should Vladimir Putin drop a nuclear bomb on Ukraine, Russia reportedly moved nuclear missiles closer to the border with Ukraine earlier in 2022, but Moscow has denied this and accused the West of firing up nuclear power. tensions.
However, Putin has repeatedly touted Russia’s nuclear arsenal in addresses, saying in September that Moscow had “various weapons of destruction” and was “not bluffing” about their potential use.
As a result, King’s College London military historian Dr. Simon Anglim that “Britain has been warned” of a potential nuclear attack.
He said: “I strongly suspect that Britain is already thinking about potential responses, it has been thinking about this since the war began.”
Dr. Anglim added that defense officials are tasked with assessing the seriousness of Russian threats and deciding what should be considered “saber rattling” and what could be a genuine warning of upcoming attacks.
Dr. Speaking to the Independent, Anglim went on to suggest: “There are two schools of thought with this.
“One of them is that Putin is just a bumbling gangster, a blustering fraud, the Trump of Russia. But the other view is that he’s really very serious about what he’s saying.
“It’s a cause for concern for the government in confronting him, but I would say we already have contingency plans in place.”
He said on the issue of Russia using nuclear weapons against Ukraine that a coordinated NATO response was likely to follow, as opposed to Britain acting on its own.
Oksana Markarova, Ukraine’s ambassador to the US, stressed that the “global response” to nuclear threats should be “very tough”.
Regarding Emmanuel Macron’s suggestion that France would not act in kind if Russia were to carry out a nuclear attack on its country, Markarova said on CBS’s Face The Nation: “We can’t rule anything out,” Markarova said during an appearance on “Face the Nation”. Nation” on Sunday.
Noting that Russia has control over Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia power plant, she acknowledged that a “great risk” exists as Putin threatens to launch a nuclear offensive, saying: “Even for the talks between the Russian Federation and Putin on using the nuclear weapons , because this is a clear red line.
“This is, you know, what the entire security infrastructure in Europe and globally is built on.”
The British Ministry of Defense issued another intelligence update on the war in Ukraine on Sunday, suggesting that Moscow is once again running out of “advanced munitions”.
They said: “On October 10, 2022, Russia likely fired more than 80 cruise missiles into Ukraine. President Putin claimed the strikes were in retaliation for the attack on the Kerch bridge.
“Ukraine’s Defense Ministry reported that more than half of the projectiles were shot down, but dozens hit Kyiv and other population centers, killing civilians and damaging civilian infrastructure.
“Russia’s defense industry is probably unable to produce advanced munitions at the rate they are being used.
“These attacks represent a further deterioration of Russia’s long-range missile stockpile, which is likely to limit their ability to hit the number of targets they desire in the future.”