War in Ukraine: CIA worried about nuclear risk

“Given that President Putin and the Russian leadership may sink into despair, given the setbacks they have suffered so far from a military perspective, none of us can bear the threat posed by a potential use of tactical nuclear weapons or small-energy nuclear weapons ‘ Williams Burns said during a speech in Atlanta.

The Kremlin has spoken of putting its nuclear forces on alert, “but we haven’t seen any concrete signs, such as deployments or military action, that could increase our concerns,” added the chief of America’s key intelligence agency, speaking to students at Georgia’s Technical University.

Biden ‘concerned about risk of WWIII’

“Of course we are very concerned. I know that President (Joe) Biden is deeply concerned about the risk of World War III and is doing everything possible to avoid nuclear conflict becoming a possibility,” he added.

Russia, according to its “escalation-de-escalation” doctrine, has many tactical nuclear weapons less powerful than the Hiroshima bomb, which would consist of first using a low-powered nuclear weapon in the event of a conventional conflict in order to regain the advantage with the West.

But this hypothesis implies that “during this conflict, NATO is militarily intervening on the ground in Ukraine, and that, as the President has clarified, is not planned,” he said.

William Burns recalled being the United States Ambassador to Moscow and had no words harsh enough for a “vengeful,” “stubborn” Vladimir Putin, who over the years had fallen into an “explosive mix of complaints, “Ambition and Insecurity” has sunk. “Putin demonstrates every day that a power in decline can be just as destabilizing as a power on the rise,” he added.

The Moskva has sunk in the Black Sea, Russia blames Ukraine

Latest setback so far, the loss of the Russian cruiser Moskva Thursday, April 14. The Russian flagship sank in the Black Sea after being hit by a Ukrainian missile, according to Kyiv, which also accused Ukraine of bombing villages on its soil .

“During the towing of the cruiser “Moskva” to the port of destination, the ship lost its stability due to hull damage suffered from fire as a result of ammunition detonation. The ship sank in rough seas,” the Russian Defense Ministry said on Thursday evening.

He had previously stated that the fire on board was “contained” and that the cruiser “remained buoyant” while claiming to be investigating the causes of the disaster.

The loss of that command ship is “a major blow” to the Russian fleet in the region, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Thursday, with “impact on their combat capabilities as the ship is a “key element in their effort to assert naval dominance establish the Black Sea”.

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