As Russia began to invade Ukraine all the way back in February, a peculiar and unexpected storyline emerged from Eastern Europe.
As it turned out, the mighty Russian army wasn’t all that mighty at all. In fact, they were young, inexperience, ill-prepared, and largely unwilling to do the work of war. Those who didn’t surrender or desert found themselves up against a courageous Ukrainian resistance, forcing the Kremlin’s forces to resort to ungodly atrocities in order to keep making gains on the ground.
And, what’s worse still, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his media cronies were threatening the world with nuclear war all the while.
Sure, that may sounds like desperate hyperbole to many, but Ukrainian military leaders aren’t so sure that the threats should be dismissed wholesale.
“There is a direct threat of the use, under certain circumstances, of tactical nuclear weapons by the Russian armed forces,” the Ukrainian commander in chief, Gen. Valery Zaluzhny wrote in an article published by Ukrinform, a state-run media outlet. “It is also impossible to completely rule out the possibility of the direct involvement of the world’s leading countries in a ‘limited’ nuclear conflict, in which the prospect of World War III is already directly visible.”Trending:
Zaluzhny also acknowledged for the first time that Kyiv was behind strikes deep inside the Russian-occupied Crimea Peninsula in August. The air bases and ammunition depot that were hit were in areas previously thought to be out of range for Ukraine — but were part of its strategy to shift “the Russian Army’s center of gravity,” Zaluzhny wrote.
The move signified Ukraine’s continued efforts to retake their entire country…not just the areas stripped away over the last 7 months.
Crimea attacks point to Ukraine’s newest strategy, official says. With the fighting all but certain to continue into 2023, Ukraine has to make the war “even sharper and more tangible for the Russians and for other occupied regions, despite the massive distance to the targets,” Zaluzhny wrote.
He called the Crimean strikes a “convincing example” of Kyiv’s calls for allies to send longer-range weapons for its outgunned soldiers. Moscow, he said, can hit 20 times farther.
The frightening possibility comes as international watchdogs issue warnings regarding a potential atomic disaster just over the horizon at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in the southeastern portion of Ukraine, which just so happnes to be Europe’s largest nuclear facility.