A ‘chaotic’ Russian military cannot operate on a nuclear battlefield in its current state, war think tank says


A Russian YAR nuclear ballistic missile mounted on a mobile launcher passes over Red Square during the rehearsal of the Victory Day military parade in Moscow, Russia on May 6, 2018.

Russian Yar ballistic nuclear missiles mounted on mobile launchers pass over Red Square during the rehearsal of the Victory Day military parade in Moscow, Russia on May 6, 2018.Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

  • The Russian military cannot operate in a nuclear battlefield in its current state, said one think tank.

  • A tactical nuclear weapon would render the region impassable and impede Russia’s advance, it said.

  • The analysis comes amid escalating rhetoric about nuclear weapons by Russian officials.

According to the think tank, the Russian military could not operate on the nuclear battlefield in its current state, despite escalating rhetoric about nuclear weapons.

War Research Institute, Washington-based think tank cites recent comments by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov that Russia should low-yield nuclear weapons followed by Loss of the captured city of Lyman in eastern Ukraine.

“In my personal opinion, we should take more drastic measures, up to declaring martial law in border areas and using low-yield nuclear weapons,” Kadyrov said.

Russian President Putin recently threatened to use nuclear weapons In Ukraine, he said he wasn’t bluffing. many Expert The threat is likely to be minimal, he said.

According to the ISW, in its current state the Russian military is unlikely to be able to operate on the nuclear battlefield despite having the necessary equipment and historically trained units.

Its army, now a “chaotic assemblage” of exhausted soldiers, hastily mobilized reservists and mercenaries, “couldn’t function in a nuclear environment,” the think tank said.

According to the think tank, Russia’s use of tactical nuclear weapons would render the region impassable, thus impeding Russia’s advance.

The think tank noted that discussions about Russia’s nuclear capabilities are common on Russian state television and among hyperhawkish military bloggers, and that Kadyrov’s recent comments are in line.

Other Putin allies, including former President Dmitry Medvedev, also Repeated Russian nuclear threat.

Several experts and analysts have said Russia is unlikely to use nuclear weapons, with one expert recently insider That the threat is likely aimed at causing confusion and uncertainty.

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin also criticized Putin. “Nuclear saber clatter” He said that there is currently no indication that nuclear weapons will be used.

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