Vladimir Putin is running out of everything: Time, munitions, threats, and even life, if you’re inclined to believe the Pentagon’s sources.
And so, in order to save face, this trapped rat could try one last flailing bite before kicking the bucket himself…and it could be nuclear.
Russian forces suffering massive frontline losses have deployed the world’s largest nuke-capable mortar weapon to the battlefield.Advertisement - story continues below
Dubbed “the Sledgehammer” the 2S4 Tulip – or Tyulpan – self-propelled mortar is 240mm wide – twice the size of NATO mortars which are 120mm.
Transported on its own tracks, it has a range of 12 miles and is used to obliterate large fortifications, military equipment, or troop positions.
Russia has deployed the weapon before.
The heavy mortar weapon has already seen service in Afghanistan, Chechnya and Syria, with devastating effects.Advertisement - story continues below
It can also fire armour piercing, laser-guided, and outlawed cluster munitions, as well as tactical nuclear weapons.
Putin’s desperation has been rather clear over the course of the last few months, but even he surely understands that using a nuclear weapon in Ukraine would cause his downfall…one way or another.