Whenever Russia finds themselves involved in any sort of armed conflict, their reputation for recklessness precedes them.
This is likely no accident, especially now that the entire world has come to realize what a charade the Kremlin has concocted surrounding their military. Once a fearsome foe, the Russian fighting force has been reduced to a laughingstock on the world’s stage, as Ukrainian grandmothers with molotov cocktails seem to have bested them in the streets of Kyiv and beyond.
But, in typical Kremlin fashion, Vladimir Putin and others have been spouting off about nuclear weapons and mass retaliation, taking a page out of the playbook of all of the secretly-weak despots before them.
This week there are new fears that the war could turn radioactive, thanks to the clandestine movements of some of Putin’s most notorious co-conspirators.
Since Putin launched his ruthless invasion of Ukraine last month (February 24), his whereabouts have been unknown.
But movements of planes used by top Kremlin officials show Putin may be in a hideaway near Surgut in western Siberia, it is claimed.
His defence minister Sergei Shoigu – who has been mysteriously absent for several weeks sparking rumours about his health – is believed to be in a bunker near Ufa in the Urals, 725 miles east of Moscow, said investigative journalist Christo Grozev.
There was no doubt for many.
The use of the high-security bunkers – if confirmed – is alarming and suggests Putin may be preparing to deploy nuclear weapons, and move that would lead to inevitable reprisal.
Grozev – who has links to British investigative outlet Bellingcat – said: “I am absolutely sure that Shoigu is in a bunker.
“Tracking the movement of his plane, we see very frequent flights to Ufa.
“Knowing that there are also protected bunkers in this region, this gives an obvious answer about his place of residence.”
Of course, one cannot dismiss the paranoia of the Kremlin in this matter, as their lengthy history of immoral warfare could certainly make them a target for in-kind refutations.