The Russian army is not having a terribly wonderful time in Ukraine, being beaten badly on the battlefield as the maiming of morale continues to conjure new mutinies weekly.
Things are going so poorly, in fact, that cronies of the Kremlin have begun to suggest that Russia will simply resort to using nuclear weapons if Russia “loses” the war, which is a sad admission of the state of affairs. Russia’s military doctrine allows for preemptive nuclear strikes only if they are facing a threat to the existence of Russia herself.
The only way this is true, that Russia might be wiped from the face of the earth, is if Putin has so badly mismanaged this war as to completely deplete his military capabilities for defense. If this be the case, we are all already doomed to a nuclear apocalypse.
In Moscow, it looks as though they are preparing for the worst.
Missile systems designed to intercept aircraft and incoming missiles appear to have been deployed on top of several defence and administrative buildings in downtown Moscow, signalling that the Kremlin is preparing for a potential, if unlikely, attack being directed on the Russian capital.Trending:
Photographs published on social media on Thursday showed a Pantsir missile system had been installed on the roof of an eight-story building used by the Russian defence ministry along the Moskva River.
Another video showed the air defence system being lifted on to the roof of an education building in Moscow’s Taganka district, 1.5 miles south-east of the Kremlin.
These are rather versatile war machines.
The short-to-medium-range systems are used to defend against aircraft, helicopters, and cruise missiles. The Russian military has also said they could be used against smaller targets, such as military and commercial drones, which have become ubiquitous on the battlefield since Vladimir Putin launched his wide-scale invasion in February.
Russia’s military might, or the reputation of it, has been outed as a myth over the course of the last year, and the Kremlin may be right to fear that their weaknesses are exposed.
But taking their failures to an atomic end would be unforgivable in the eyes of all of humanity.