Over the course of the last 8 months, as Vladimir Putin continued to flail and falter in his invasion of Ukraine, the world at large came to a sickening and worrisome realization: The Moscow madman was turning fatalist.
It’s rather obvious at this juncture that Putin doesn’t personally care whether or not he survives the invasion or its consequences, possibly on account of his reported cancer diagnosis, which sources have suggested is likely terminal.
And while cancer certainly isn’t contagious, Putin’s apparent disregard for human life is, and some of his government stooges are now suggesting that any foreign attempt to intervene in Ukraine would cause an atomic Armageddon.
This includes allowing Ukraine to join NATO.
Should NATO approve Ukraine’s bid to join its organisation, a top Kremlin official threatened global destruction.
Alexander Venediktov, the deputy secretary of Russia’s Security Council said: “Kyiv is well aware that such a step would mean a guaranteed escalation to a World War 3″.
He claimed: “Russian officials have never voiced a threat to use any weapons of mass destruction.
“Meanwhile in Europe, some politicians openly call for such actions, even a number of politicians in the EU do not conceal and do not rule out the possibility of using weapons of mass destruction against Russia.”
And then, ominously:
“We must remember: a nuclear conflict will affect absolutely the whole world, and not only Russia and the collective West, but in general any country on this planet.
“Its consequences will be catastrophic for all mankind.”
This is far from the first time that someone in the higher ranks of the Kremlin has threatened nuclear annihilation, but it certainly does appear to be one of the most powerful examples of such belligerence.