MARK ALMOND: The good news is that Putin can’t start WWIII just by jabbing a red button on his desk… and will Russia’s aged atomic warheads still work?          

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Vladimir Putin could not be clarified. Regarding his threat of being nuclear, he said, ‘I am not bluffing. But is he? And does it automatically follow that Armageddon would emerge if Putin launched the first atomic bomb seen in the world since 1945?

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The good news is that Putin cannot start World War III by simply pressing a red button on his desk in the Kremlin. If it decides to attack, the command has to go through at least three layers of checks to prevent accidental or unauthorized launches of nuclear missiles.

Before reaching nuclear silos, mobile launch sites and submarines, his command will pass through three men: Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Chief of Staff Valery Gerasimov and Russian Nuclear Rocket Forces Chief Sergei Karakayev.


Even after going down this chain of command, the launch will not happen immediately.

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Unless there is a change in standard protocol since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, there will be a 20-minute gap between each broadcast from ‘nuclear football’. [the Cheget] Containing the code needed to transmit launch order and targeting information, to allow nuclear troops to verify that it is indeed authorized.

These safeguards are important given the size of Russia’s nuclear stockpile. It is estimated to have 5,977 nuclear warheads – the world’s largest – mainly stored in 12 depots across Russia. Of these, 1,500 are believed to be ready for launch.

Before the Ukraine war, Putin claimed that America’s Star Wars missile defense system would be powerless to intercept his new hypersonic missiles. In practice, however, the weapons he is most likely to use are small tactical missiles capable of hitting neighbors such as Ukraine or nearby NATO states.

Mark Almond: ‘Vladimir Putin couldn’t be clearer. Regarding his threat of being nuclear, he said, ‘I am not bluffing. But is he?’

These are largely stored in excavations in Kaliningrad between ‘European’ Russia and Poland and Lithuania. Among them is the long-range cruise missile Kalibr, which can reach London. It is possible that Putin could surprise the West by using his short-range Iskander rockets to deliver missiles with nuclear warheads. If fired from a truck-mounted launcher in Russian territory, Iskander could also hit Warsaw or Stockholm with a warhead eight times more destructive than the Hiroshima bomb.

Finally, Putin has his classic intercontinental ballistic missiles, based at silos in Western Siberia. They could easily reach London or Washington.

We don’t know if Russia’s old nuclear weapons still work. While Russia has tested missiles that can carry nuclear warheads, test-ban treaties mean that neither the US nor Russia has actually detonated a nuclear weapon for decades.

Riot police detain a woman in Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday in protest against the mobilization of reservoirs.  Putin makes partial mobilization effective immediately

Riot police detain a woman in Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday in protest against the mobilization of reservoirs. Putin makes partial mobilization effective immediately

Given the sophistication of our security services’ listening capabilities, no Russian nuclear attack would come out of the blue. Launching thousands of missiles and bombers would require a gale of electronic commands and would be intercepted by the swindlers of the West.

In addition, spy satellite images of the concrete and steel covers of giant underground nuclear storage bunkers being pulled back, submarines being thrown into the sea and Russian strategic bombers rolling down the runway, all of which could usher in the advance of an offensive. Will warn In fact, it would be fair to assume that in the West we wouldn’t have a ten-minute warning of a popular cliché, perhaps up to an hour of preparation.

Not that there is much we can do to capitalize on it in terms of saving lives. Even though our towns and cities had a network of underground bunkers, the reality is that if the government waited until there was clear evidence of missiles being launched by Russia, it would be too late for people to disperse to those places. Can do a lot about scattering. Security.

Under these circumstances, no public warning is likely to yield anything more than mass panic. This is why Western governments have placed their faith in nuclear deterrence rather than contingency plans and I believe they are likely to continue to do so, with Putin developing a public warning system rather than retreating from the brink. are concentrating their efforts to persuade. ,

The unimaginable worst-case scenario happens: swaths of Britain are destroyed, the population perishes, the government evaporates. Plans have been made for what is being imagined. The command of our armed forces will be given to Canada or the US.

But unless Putin is suicidal, the threat of a catastrophic nuclear attack in the Kremlin should make anyone in the Kremlin think twice about attacking Britain, meaning a rebellion within its inner circle would be entirely possible.

However, we cannot rely on Putin’s promises. We must take his threats seriously.

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