When it comes to the naked belligerence of Vladimir Putin’s nuclear threats, there isn’t any longer a great deal of wiggle room between here and the atomic apocalypse. Every turn of a screw and flip of a switch is going to be metered out, rationed, until the Russian leader has no choice left but do the unthinkable.
This week, Putin once again moved in the direction of making international nuclear trouble, moving one of his more powerful atomic weapons into strike position.
VLADIMIR Putin has renewed his nuke threat against the West by appearing to ready a nuclear missile for launch.Advertisement - story continues below
Footage shows a huge Russian Yars rocket able to hit the UK and the US being loaded into a silo at a base near Moscow.
This was nothing to scoff at.
The intercontinental ballistic missile has a 7,500 mile range and when nuclear-armed is reportedly 12 times more destructive than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.
It was seen in Russian propaganda being installed in a launch-pad using a special transport and loading unit – but there is no indication of any order for an imminent launch.
The Russian army has recently tested the YARS missile system, albeit without a nuclear warhead attached, making this positioning all the more worrisome.