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Putin’s difficulties make use of a tactical nuclear weapon ‘more likely’, US expert warns

Sky News has learned that Vladimir Putin’s problems in Ukraine are making Russia more likely to use a tactical nuclear weapon.

Tactical nuclear weapons can be used on a battlefield.

John Bolton, an ex-US ambassador to the United Nations and former US national security advisor, stated that the Russian president is “in greater trouble than at any time since the invasion”.

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Talking about the Russian “annexation” of four areas in eastern and south Ukraine, following a series referendums that were criticized by Kyiv (and the West) as “sham”, Bolton stated: “Obviously, he (Putin), thought it would be morale booster Russia, (that it) would help lay the foundation for future borders with Ukraine.

“But the truth is, at the least according to Putin, fighting is currently taking place on the “soil Russia” and the Russian military does not do very well.”

Bolton said: “So I think unambiguously that Putin’s domestic problems in Russian politics increase and makes it more likely that a tactical nuclear weapons might be possible.”

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Putin might see the Russian soil as being affected, which could make it regime-threatening. This would be the situation when a nuclear weapon is more likely to be used.

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Bolton was asked his opinion on the US response to the question: “I don’t think it has to be nuclear. It all depends on what the Russians do.”

“But, I think we should state that Vladimir Putin would sign a suicide note if it were possible for him to authorize a tactical nuclear weapon.

“It is very important that we prevent the use of nuclear weapons.

“Alternatively, the lesson that would have been learned in China Iran North Korea would be the wrong one.”

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