[WSMDiscuss] Invasion of Ukraine: Putin's Latest Googly

Sukla Sen sukla.sen at gmail.com
Fri Oct 28 12:38:02 CEST 2022


Trying to confuse!?

<<Russian President Vladimir Putin denied that he would conduct a nuclear
strike in Ukraine, saying Thursday that "it doesn't make sense for us to do
it.>>
(Excerpted from: <
https://www.axios.com/2022/10/27/putin-russia-nuclear-weapons-ukraine>.)

It's only on September 21st, Putin had issued the least veiled nuclear
threat till now: <https://tass.com/politics/1511081>.
The first time he did it was on Feb. 24th: <
https://news.yahoo.com/putin-spreads-nonsense-ukraines-dirty-121857508.html
>.
He kept making, thinly veiled, threats from time to time: <
https://nucleardiner.wordpress.com/2022/10/24/putins-nuclear-threats-in-his-own-words/
>.
His minions, all the while, kept doing it, a tad or two even more openly
(ref., in particular,: <https://tass.com/politics/1513883> and
<https://tass.com/politics/1511725>).
And just the other day, Putin himself has, reportedly, made
the--unsubstantiated and rather implausible--allegation about Ukraine's
plan to use a "dirty bomb": <
https://news.yahoo.com/putin-spreads-nonsense-ukraines-dirty-121857508.html>
and <
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/oct/27/vladimir-putin-says-dirty-bomb-claims-to-nato-were-made-on-his-orders
>.
The allegation has, conceivably, the potential to be used as a convenient
alibi for making a nuclear strike.

So, it's very difficult to decipher whether Putin's latest pronouncement on
the pointlessness of the use of the nuclear bomb against Ukraine is meant
to keep his opponents perpetually confused or it's indicative of his
intention now to finally wrap up the "Special Military Operation" based on
the realisation that he cannot make any further gain by continuing his
armed aggression.
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