Gen. Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, the commander-in-chief of Ukraine’s armed forces, warned Wednesday that it couldn’t be ruled out that the war in Ukraine could turn into a “limited” nuclear conflict that could draw in other countries and potentially spark World War III.
Zaluzhnyi made the warning in an op-ed published by the Ukrainian state news agency Ukrininform that was co-authored by Ukrainian lawmaker Mykhailo Zabrodskyi. The pair warned that Moscow could use “tactical” nuclear weapons in Ukraine, although Russian leaders have insisted they would only use nuclear weapons if Russia’s existence was threatened.
The article reads: “It is also impossible to completely rule out the possibility of the direct involvement of the world’s leading countries in a ‘limited’ nuclear conflict, in which the prospect of World War Three is already directly visible.”
The article says that “any attempts at practical steps towards the use of tactical nuclear weapons must be stopped using the entire arsenal of means at the disposal of the countries of the world.”
Tactical nuclear warheads have smaller nuclear yields than strategic nuclear weapons. The US arsenal of tactical nuclear warheads ranges between 0.3 kilotons and 170 kilotons (the yield of the bomb the US dropped on Hiroshima was 15 kilotons).
Experts on nuclear weapons argue that the idea of a “limited” nuclear war is misguided since once a nuclear exchange begins, it could easily spiral out of control. Daryll Kimbal, the executive director of the Arms Control Association, wrote on the issue in May 2022 for Arms Control Today.
Kimbal said: “Theories that nuclear war can be ‘limited’ are extremely dangerous and ignore the unimaginable human suffering nuclear detonations would produce. In practice, once nuclear weapons are used by nuclear-armed adversaries, there is no guarantee the conflict would not quickly escalate to a catastrophic exchange involving the thousands of long-range strategic nuclear weapons in the US and Russian arsenals.”
44 thoughts on “Ukraine’s Top General Warns ‘Limited’ Nuclear War Can’t Be Ruled Out”
So Ukraine warns of possibility of nuclear war and says this must be stopped by the entire arsenal of means the world possesses. Except words are not in the arsenal, per Ukraine, UK, US. These dunderheads deserve what they will get — except that this will also rain destruction on everyone else as well.
Please stop the World – I want to get off.
There is no such thing as a “limited nuclear War”, Wars are either Conventional or Nuclear, there isn’t any In between.
Why, then, did the Deep State renege on the INF Treaty? …why are the war planners ordering up nuclear capable cruise missiles? answer: the War Party doesn’t believe that, … maybe their wrong? … no one knows. But they consider it an odds-on bet Russia won’t respond. It takes a Nazi mentality, and the Russians are soft.
Why are we going to “test fire” an ICBM on Wednesday, letting Russia know we are doing so? Another provocation. Another stupid move. And now, this presumption.
Yes, timed to reinforce the Ukro-nazi General’s prognostication of nuclear WWIII, meant to scare “Joe Ruski” into surrender; but, as or more likely, John Doe and Johannes Doe.
“Limited nuclear war” means a nuclear war waged short of a total nuclear exchange (MAD) or a nuclear war in which only one side has and uses nuclear weapons. We’re headed toward a nuclear war, hopefully limited but there’s no hard data on nuclear escalation.
All that talk about MAD etc., is pure theory. That theory like any operational war plan will be undone at the first enemy contact.
The reality is that the US will not sacrifice NYC, Washington or Detroit for a tactical nuclear strike on Berlin or Warsaw. Europe will be the first to go, but the US and Russia will think hard about destroying their respective heartlands in a second strike.
Oh yeah, a US politician will carefully weigh all the available information and come to a sound, well informed, rational, objective decision. Has that ever even happened? Try making a guess as to what Biden or Kamala would actually do in a nuclear war before you start pronouncing what they wouldn’t. And then figure out what Putin would do in response. Write a script while you’re at it. And keep the iodine pills handy.
Putin has 100 megaton thermonuclear ordinance. the U.S. spent $1.5 TRILLION 2 downsize & “modernsize” the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Who do you think has the better nuclear deterrence today…?????
Henry Kissinger worked very hard with his East German counterpart to keep America and Russia apart and peaceful.
They knew that during the Cold War and fighting would be in Germany destroying the country.
Ukrainians are so stupid they allowed a conflict to develop in their country. Even if Ukraine was able to win a war with Russia their country will become a failed state with no GDP.
Stupid is as stupid does.
Right, it was a colossally stupid thing to say out loud, … and which could conceivably revive the anti-war opposition in Europe and US.
revive the anti-war opposition in the US ?
ha. even the hippies don’t care anymore.
They never did.
Russia doesn’t remotely need nukes in Ukraine, and this guy would be in a position to know it. Maybe it’s a setup for a false flag. It’s not all that much crazier than their apparent operation at the nuclear plant. Desperate stupid people do desperate stupid things.
Anything is possible…
Russia is losing now and if nothing changes is going to lose. So I could see them pondering this step.
yes they are obviously big fat losers
Russia is going to lose about the time they find those WMDs in Iraq and Afghanistan becomes the 51st state. You get paid by the post or do you just drink a lot of kool-aid?
Yeah, Russia is the big loser with 30 something % of Ukie trerritory, and the Ukies have 0% of Russian territory. Ukraine has no Air Force or navy and NO NUCLEAR WEAPONS… Russia has thousands of Nuclear weapons, a top of the line Air Force, Navy and unstoppable hypersonic missiles. Take your idiotic delusions somewhere that doesn’t keep score. No one here will buy your bullshit…!!!!!!!
Check back in a few months, the facts will become clearer.
What a naive fool this guy is to pedal such hokum here at VT…!!!!!
Oh the satire of the propagandized…Russia has already won, they do not need to shout from the rooftops about it. They are methodical and wise versus the clumsy and stupid political hacks in Washington, EU and Ukraine. When Russia decides to destroy the fiends in Kiev it will be low-key..
Well yes they won a doubled German defense budged, they won 1000km of extra NATO border, they won Sweden and Finland joining Nato, they got rid of a whole bunch of stupid soldiers and their ineffective equipment. So much winning.
Well, if any of these idiots decide to launch nuclear weapons, the human experiment will be over…
Game over man!
Ukraine is considerably more corrupt than Russia. Zelenskyy is putting all his political opposition in jail, now he wants to start a nuclear war. I call that a suicide wish.
“Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.”
An Ukrainian idiocy. Assuming Ukraine is so important to the West, that it will confront Russiia with nukes. It is not. In fact, US lost so much glibal political capital that it may be hard to recover. But if there is a hope of recovery, US needs to exit this mess somehow. Not escallate. To paraphrase Chinese Global Times, US has no ability to secure stable global environment needed for economic development. And nobody wants to follow a country without leadership capability. All US cintinuously deminstrates is its capacilty to cause crisis, violence and instability. The world is looking for different model. Ukraine criisis in most global centers of significance has been seen as US instigated. Lately, it has been said even by NATO member Turkey.
Looking at both the energy and currency issues, prospects for advanced economies does not look encouriging. Under “normal” circumstances, rise in interest rates in US and stringer dollar, would crush the developing world. But it did not. It is the European currencies that took a hit, and mainly because of European capital flight to US from depression-
While there is an extremely zealotic segment in US, UK and European policy making circles, I doubt that they
will be alllowed to run unchecked as up until now.
Russia is offering a face saving deviice by not moving fast in Ukraine. In fact, Russia would prefer getting more concessions through a peace deal. In fact, a capitulation and territorial concessions are in the cards,
but it is better than Russia getting to Polish border.
A message is coming through loud and clear: major
players are NOT signing up to EU price cap on Russian oil. China. India and Japan. Recession is looming for developed world. Price of energyvwill go down due to a ling term trend of deindustrialization in thecWest. And if it hits Europe, particularly Germany — OPEC+ will cut production once again.
At some point the self-induced destruction of German
economy will have political repercussions. Morgentau plan is not forgotten in Germany. They are starting to wonder if this whole Russian brouhaha is not really concocted to deindustrialize Germany.
Reading in between the lines makes me think the great and glorious Ukrainian counter offensive is going from bad to worse.
If the Ukrainans are waiting for US nuclear tipped missiles to save then they will have a long wait.
If Ukrainians somehow have gotten hold of 1 or 2 tactical nukes they would probably use them but I don’t think they do.
The US would have no moral problems using tactical nukes but I just don’t think Ukraine is important enough to them.
Neither is Taiwan
I am not so sure that the US does not think Ukraine is important enough. The U.S. picked this fight with Russia and is using Ukraine as the battleground. The U.S. has suffered so many defeats in recent times that the MIC and Politicians are determined to not let Russia win this war. The dirty little secret is that on a level playing field the U.S. cannot compete with Russia in trade. That’s why Russia has to be destroyed.
@Mary Myers I hope Baba Wanga is wrong with her prophecy.She said that Russia will turn Europe into wasteland and and nobody would be able to stop Russia.I hope she was wrong,but with her 85% accuracy it is WORRY.Edgar Cayce is more likable with his prophecy, saying that Russia would be only hope for Humanity and he used to be deadly accurate.West is run by Satanic Cult,destruction of Humanity is their priority.
Why is this moronic nonsense even being touted here? Russia has zero need to use nukes in Ukraine. Russia can take all of Ukraine with the forces it has already committed or with a slight increase. Leave reports like these to the idiotic MSM section on the front page.
As with the COVID vaccination, a group of hardline depopulationists (WEF) might prefer this scenario, however “limited.”
I understand if you believe these people are nonexistent. Most people would be taken aback when this subject is mentioned.
His fantasy may be that other nations would jump to offer after the fact their “nuclear guarantee” but that misses the point. It is done to deter a strike, not as an excuse to make a strike even bigger.
If Ukraine draws Russian nukes, then it will die alone. The very last thing the EU would want is more nukes fired in Europe.
Drawing Nato into the war is the only way for Ukraine to win the war. A Nato-imposed no-fly zone or the threat of a Russian nuclear strike are the wet dreams of Ukrainian nationalists who want to plunge Europe into WWIII. Nazis will be Nazis just like boys will be boys.
This is how the US operates, they claim the other side is doing what they are preparing for. If a nuclear weapons goes off in Ukraine Russia instantly will be blamed. I betya the US has already shipped nukes there and are planning for the use of them.
The leaders of Ukraine need to be removed from planet earth. These sick and vile fiends deserve to be treated as the Third Reich and Mussolini were treated. Russia please put your foot on the gas and remove the terror.
Before worrying about nuke war, let me get this straight: this Ukrainian general is talking about the use of nuclear weapins. WHOSE NUKES IS HE PLANNIG TO USE. Has he decided that Ukraine will be making these decisions?
So … The General is basically admitting that Russia is getting it’s a$$ kicked and might have to resort to the extreme solution? LOL
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