The Russian army is as good as done in Ukraine, and the world knows it.
The myth of Moscow’s skilled and powerful fighting force has been debunked, and thoroughly, by Ukrainian forces, as a counteroffensive sends the Kremlin’s troops all the way back to the Russian border this week. Now, as Ukraine looks to take back Crimea, (which was annexed by Russia in 2014), some are concerned that Vladimir Putin’s desperation could lead to an unprecedented nuclear action.
Retired US Army Brig. Gen. Kevin Ryan, a former defense attaché to Russia and senior fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, said he’s now even more worried about the potential for Putin to tap into Russia’s sizable nuclear arsenal because of Ukraine’s rapid regaining of territory in a lightning counteroffensive that began less than a month ago.Advertisement - story continues below
“I have been thinking about the pressure Putin must be feeling to do something dramatic — which causes me to think again about nuclear triggers,” Ryan told Insider.
Here is where it gets truly tricky:
Ryan said that if the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk asked for accession into Russia and were accepted, it would mean “the fighting that is currently going on in Ukraine will suddenly be ‘in Russia.'”
Russia’s wily military doctrine suggest that nuclear escalation is allowed by Moscow in instances where the existence of Russia is threatened. Should the Kremlin redraw the Russian border to reflect ownership over these disputed territories, there is nothing stopping Vladimir Putin from attempting to justify the use of nuclear weapons.