Ukraine PM: Crimea Secession a Threat to Nuclear Non-Proliferation

Everyone Will Want Nukes Now, Interim Leader Insists

While Crimean secession is obviously a big deal for Ukraine’s interim government, officials seem determined to make it a global game-changer that it clearly is not.

Today, Ukraine’s interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, fresh off a visit to the White House to be assured of unconditional US backing, insisted that Crimea’s secession could spark a huge run for nuclear weapons the world over.

Ukraine gave up its nuclear weapons in 1994, though members of the interim government are rethinking that and pushing for rearmament as a way to retaliate against neighboring Russia for backing the secession.

Though Ukrainian officials are pushing for rearmament, they are currently a member in good standing of the nuclear NPT as a non-nuclear weapons state, and Crimea or no such a move would spark a huge international backlash against the interim government, which is already struggling with its links to neo-Nazi protesters.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of