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Is Russia’s aged and decimated nuclear arsenal even worse-off than many believe? According to a German newspaper, there are no functional nuclear weapons available to Vladimir Putin anymore.
NEW – Putin "no longer has nuclear weapons," writes the German BILD in its leading article, citing "former Soviet KGB spy" Yuri Schwez (70). pic.twitter.com/QVI0TMnEWz
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) February 19, 2023
It seems very hard to believe… or is it? After all, nobody has seen a nuclear weapon used or even tested from Russia in decades. We’ve seen the poor condition their conventional weapons are in when they initially invaded Ukraine. Could the nuclear card, which Putin has been using as a threat for nearly a year now, be misleading?
Ex-Russen-Spion sicher – Putin hat keine Atom-Bomben mehr https://t.co/UEq8wiDDwd
— BILD (@BILD) February 19, 2023
According to the rough translation from BILD:
Putin no longer has atomic bombs
It is Russia’s most important trump card: the atomic bomb!
For weeks now, Kremlin dictator Vladimir Putin (70) has been using threats of nuclear weapons again to break Western support for Ukraine.
But now a former Russian intelligence insider is speaking out, questioning Putin’s ability to make use of his nuclear arsenal. BECAUSE: According to the ex-spy, who served in the KGB at the same time as Putin, it is very likely that Russia no longer has any nuclear weapons!
This is not one of those theories we should want anyone to put to the test. If the report is wrong, it could mean billions dead if the U.S. or NATO act on it.
I am not sure I would buy into that without further investigation, which I am sure someone is doing. Probably not bita55 but someone with more sense.
About 8 years ago I read that after the fall of the USSR western inspectors were allowed in Russia to inspect their missile silos. They found that 60% were inoperable. Problems included 20 feet of water, empty silos, missing warheads, etc. However, it was pointed out to me that many Russian missiles are now mounted on transporters. I suggest that many of them are also inoperable. We saw how NATO members were not supporting NATO and it should not be a surprise if that virus also is present in Russia.
I believe the Ruskies would lie about something like this without losing a wink of sleep. Given the latest rhetoric coming from the Kremlin I also suspect they are building new weapons as fast as they can. Not ICBMs but portable launchers and anything that can be hung under the wing of an airplane.
Are the US weapons in any better state? They have sat in their bunkers for two generations. However the Russians are way ahead of America in unstoppable hypersonic missiles – the Zircon is already deployed on ships crusing the Atlantic. Russia also has nuclear powered nuclear torpedoes that can cross an ocean. Russia is on a war footing and the US isn’t.