As Vladimir Putin continues his belligerent and bellicose ramblings, his army is surrendering, perishing, and deserting at an alarming rate.
To make matters worse, there is evidence now of a mutiny occurring within the uniformed ranks, which could push Putin to turn ever more desperate.
The Russian leader’s latest threats have taken an atomic turn, and some US officials are now suggesting that there is work being done behind the scenes to give Putin what he wishes.
A senior US official told The New York Times on Tuesday that there are “new, troubling developments” involving Russia’s nuclear arsenal. The official, who asked to remain anonymous, would not provide any further details, according to the report.
The report comes as Russia has accused Ukraine of preparing to use a dirty bomb or even a nuclear bomb as the Ukrainian counteroffensive in the south and east of the country pushes on. The claims have sparked concerns that Russia could be preparing a “false flag” attack to justify an escalation of means.
The world wasn’t buying it, however.
Ukraine said on Tuesday that persistent Russian claims that Kyiv plans to detonate a dirty bomb made it look as though Moscow itself planned to conduct a false flag operation, and that Ukraine has never had any plans to develop a dirty bomb.
“If Russia calls and says that Ukraine is allegedly preparing something, it means one thing: Russia has already prepared all of this,” Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video address.
Russia is believed to have mobilized at least two pieces of their nuclear arsenal, including a now-missing submarine that can carry a warhead capable of creating 500m tall, radioactive tsunamis.