Zelensky Wants the West to Use Nuclear Weapons
Suggests Preempting Russia
Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine’s President, has called on the international community to use nuclear weapons against Russia, instead of the other way around.
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It is worth asking what prompted this outburst by Zelensky.
There are only two answers. The first is that Zelensky fears that Ukraine is losing the war and along with pleading for weapons that will take months to arrive in Ukraine, if at all, he needs military relief. His idea: nuke Moscow.
The second answer relates to Ukraine’s bigger objective, which is to draw NATO, meaning the United States, into the conflict directly, using US forces to stop the Russians.
Russia already knows that it is at war with NATO, in the Russian view primarily with the United States. Thanks to comments by Zelensky, and the hard line adopted by the United States and echoed by NATO, we can expect that Russia will ramp up its attacks on Ukraine.
Reading Russian statements, including comments by Vladimir Putin and Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s original objective of holding the territories of the Luhansk and Donetsk “republics,” and carving out a corridor to Crimea, probably has changed to decapitating Kiev.
It is understood in NATO circles that Russia is ramping up a major offensive. Most anticipate that offensive will focus on pushing the Ukrainian army further back from the current long contact line. The problem however, is that even if Russia is successful in doing so, it does not in the least lead to a solution of the Ukraine war. The question then arises how would a major offensive actually benefit Russia?
One possible answer is that Russia is pushing for regime change in Kiev. If the capital fell, then Russia could install a puppet government and try and govern the country. Alternatively, Russia might suggest a partitioning of the country, something that others (including Poland) might find attractive. From a Russian perspective the end result would be half a loaf, but in their view the better half.
As matters currently stand, there is no going forward solution so long as Ukraine’s army hangs on by its fingernails. But all sides need to understand that the war cannot go on for much longer. Would the introduction of US forces (under the possible mandate of NATO) shift the balance? Maybe, but it would also mean a bigger war outside of Ukraine’s boundaries into NATO-Europe territory. While Europe and America want to deliver weapons to Ukraine, and provide money for an elusive reconstruction in post-war Ukraine, going to fight and see wider destruction in Europe is not on anyone’s current agenda (except for the nut cases). While the US certainly has a decisive edge in air power, Russia has a very large army with plenty of supplies. NATO has neither a big army nor supplies. Nor does NATO have air defenses. Do the math.
Certainly there are Russian hot heads telling their bosses to widen the conflict, stopping supplies from reaching Ukraine. So far Russia’s leaders have been restrained while tanks, armored fighting vehicles and new artillery systems trundle across Europe to Kiev. More talk from Zelensky promoting nuclear war may change Russia’s outlook.