While Vladimir Putin has certainly been sputtering on and on about his growing nuclear fetish, the world has attempted to downplay the severity of the situation.
This abject dismissal of the Russian President’s atomic threats could be for a number of reasons, including the symbiotic relationship between world leaders showing strength and the world’s population remaining calm.
But, just under the surface, some US officials are beginning to fret.
A senior US official told The New York Times on Tuesday that there are “new, troubling developments” involving Russia’s nuclear arsenal. The official, who asked to remain anonymous, would not provide any further details, according to the report.
Potential radioactive attacks by Russia have been in the news for much of the week already.
The report comes as Russia has accused Ukraine of preparing to use a dirty bomb or even a nuclear bomb as the Ukrainian counteroffensive in the south and east of the country pushes on. The claims have sparked concerns that Russia could be preparing a “false flag” attack to justify an escalation of means.
Ukraine said on Tuesday that persistent Russian claims that Kyiv plans to detonate a dirty bomb made it look as though Moscow itself planned to conduct a false flag operation, and that Ukraine has never had any plans to develop a dirty bomb.