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Use of nuclear weapons by RF in Ukraine and other countries is unlikely - ISW

Use of nuclear weapons by RF in Ukraine and other countries is unlikely - ISW Photo: Yars intercontinental ballistic missile (Getty Images)

The use of nuclear weapons by the Russian Federation in Ukraine or any other country in the world is unlikely. Dictator Vladimir Putin is traditionally rattling the nuclear saber, according to the report of the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).

It is noted that on March 1, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reported a successful training and combat launch of the intercontinental ballistic missile RS-24 Yars, equipped with a multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle.

The report also recalled that during his address to the Federal Assembly on February 29, dictator Vladimir Putin claimed the existence of weapons in Russia capable of striking Western countries.

"Kremlin frequently uses nuclear saber-rattling to instill fear in Western audiences and weaken Western support for Ukraine and that Russian nuclear use in Ukraine and beyond is highly unlikely," the ISW report stated.

Putin's nuclear blackmail

On February 29, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin addressed the Federal Assembly. During his speech, he declared "full readiness" of nuclear forces and hinted at the consequences of involving NATO military forces in Ukraine.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk noted that the dictator's aggressive rhetoric, including his decisions and "announcements," should be taken seriously. In his opinion, the European Union must be prepared for unfavorable scenarios.

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded to Putin's nuclear threats, urging restraint.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated that for the past two years, representatives of Russia have consistently threatened nuclear weapons. However, he characterized it as psychological intimidation rather than real intentions.