Russian Nuclear Strike In Ukraine Would Likely Trigger "Physical Response" From NATO

If Russia were to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine it would change the course of the war and almost certainly provoke a "physical response" from Ukraine's allies, a senior NATO official said on Wednesday.

Russian Nuclear Strike In Ukraine Would Likely Trigger "Physical Response" From NATO
Russian Nuclear Strike In Ukraine Would Likely Trigger "Physical Response" From NATO

The day before a closed-door meeting of NATO's nuclear planning group that is set for Thursday, the senior NATO official said that any use of nuclear weapons by Moscow would result in "unprecedented consequences" for Russia.

The official, who only agreed to speak on the basis of anonymity, said that any form of nuclear strike by Russia would "almost certainly be drawing a physical response from many allies, and potentially from NATO itself".

He added that it would appear Russian President Vladimir Putin was trying to deter Ukraine's allies from directly entering the conflict by throwing around constant threats of nuclear strikes.

Now over seven months into Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, Russia has gained very little territory and suffered huge amounts of losses in both men and equipment, and over the last few weeks has been pushed out of much of the territory it lost so many lives trying to claim.

Putin threatened to defend his illegally annexed territories in Ukraine by using nuclear weapons, however, since his threats, Ukraine has reclaimed large swathes of territory and Russia has shown no signs of initiating a nuclear strike - apart from verbally.

Experts believe that Putin is attempting to scare the West into reducing support for Ukraine by threatening the use of nuclear weapons, when really it shows the true state of desperation Russia is facing in Ukraine, with its lack of territorial gains and huge loss of manpower.

NATO is due to carry out its annual nuclear preparedness exercise "Steadfast Noon" next week. The exercise involves practise runs using US nuclear weapons based in Europe with training flights, without live weapons. NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday that cancelling the planned exercises would send a "very wrong signal".

He added: "It's an exercise to ensure that our nuclear deterrent remains safe, secure, and effective."

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