Russian authorities will start preparing for a possible nuclear war. On October 3, for the first time in history, the country will hold a unified civil defense drill for all regions, Baza writes with reference to the order of Rospotrebnadzor head Anna Popova.
The document says that under the conditions of “the loosening of generally recognized norms and principles of international law”, the danger of armed conflicts near the country’s borders escalating into “wars involving nuclear powers” is increasing.
According to the legend of the exercise, Russia has completed general mobilization, martial law has been imposed in a number of regions, and in some subjects the population’s life support facilities and up to 70% of the housing stock have been completely destroyed and there is a threat of “radioactive contamination zones”.
All responsible persons should participate in the training: from heads of civil defense to heads of state corporations. Excluded are the authorities of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics and the occupied parts of Zaporizhzhya and Kherson oblasts.
Previously, similar exercises were held in different regions on different days. The general one-time training will take place for the first time. In addition, before that in the legend there was no mention of mobilization. The source of the Telegram channel noted that such changes are due to “modern realities”.
Vladimir Putin’s control over the situation in Russia is becoming more “fragile”, so he may decide to use nuclear weapons to quickly end the war in Ukraine, according to experts at the RAND Corporation, which conducts national security research for US government agencies. According to the analysts, “nuclear escalation” would be the “most attractive option” for the Russian president if he feels his power is threatened.
Last October, Putin assured that a tactical nuclear strike on Ukraine made no “political or military sense”. According to Financial Times sources in the Kremlin, the president himself came to this conclusion after a simulation of the use of nuclear weapons, which showed that such a strike would turn Ukraine’s captured territories into an irradiated wasteland, but would not help Russian forces advance in any way.
A year ago, Washington warned Moscow, including directly through closed channels, of the “catastrophic” consequences of using nuclear weapons. The U.S. will respond, Jake Sullivan, the president’s national security aide, confirmed publicly.