Volodymyr Zelensky URGES Preemptive Attacks” Against Russian Targets

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 03/04/2023

In order to stop Russia from using nuclear weapons on Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged NATO to launch “preemptive attacks” against Russian targets.

During a Thursday discussion with the Australian think tank the Lowy Institute, the president stated that military strikes “are essential so that [the Russians] know what awaits them if they use nuclear weapons.” Instead of replying, “Oh, you’ve done that, then get this,” wait for Russia to launch nuclear attacks.

His remarks coincide with growing worries that Russian President Vladimir Putin would deploy a tactical nuclear bomb in light of unexpected and counterproductive military developments.

Putin has warned that Russia will see attacks on these territories as attacks against the Russian Federation. Despite protests from the West that Russia is violating international law, Russia is going through with the annexation of four regions in south and eastern Ukraine.

Putin continued to saber-rattle and threaten to deploy nuclear weapons throughout the annexation process, which included phoney referendums that purportedly received resounding approval. These threats were consistent with those he has made throughout the conflict. However, despite the worries, U.S. officials have reaffirmed this week that they do not see any cause to shift their nuclear posture.

Following the annexation, the administration imposed further sanctions on Russian officials and national security advisor Jake Sullivan threatened “catastrophic repercussions” should they use nuclear weapons, but they have been mum on the details of their reaction.

Earlier this week, Dutch Adm. Rob Bauer, the head of NATO’s military council, warned that if Russia deployed a nuclear bomb, they would “regret” their actions, saying at the Warsaw Security Forum, “The response will be such that the Russians will regret what they have done.” And that, in my opinion, is crucial.

He didn’t go into detail about what a possible answer may be, just like Sullivan.

Tobias Ellwood, the head of the House of Commons defence committee, stated earlier this week that NATO may respond with “traditional” military strikes, “probably including every F-35 in NATO’s inventory and taking out potentially every asset that is in Ukraine itself.”

He said, “This notion of strategic ambiguity—of being evasive about what you may do, but you might do something—is not powerful enough.

Following a successful counteroffensive by Ukrainian troops, Putin ordered a “partial mobilisation” of over 300,000 Russian conscripts last month. However, the news also caused a significant exodus of individuals eligible for the conscription to leave the country by plane or vehicle. In certain places, more people have demonstrated on the streets.

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