Putin Says He's Putting Nukes in Belarus
Things must be really bad all over for Putin - you don't threaten "nuclear" and "WWIII" and "Armageddon" if you are winning conventional war, it only makes you look even weaker and his "red line" bluffs have been called before.
** The Russian offensives in Bakhmut, Avidiivka and Vuhledar have yielded no significant results and all are petering out at the cost of tens of thousands mobiks and 'contractors' and massive daily losses of hardware, including tanks, MBPs, aircraft and drones.
** Medvedev started talking again about "nuclear red flag" if Ukraine starts taking back Crimea.
** Putin is so desperate to show that he "means it this time" that he is doing "Potemkin Village" theater with nukes everyone knows he can't use in Belarus, in the process humiliating his BFF Xi, with whom he made an "iron-clad" agreement not to deploy nuclear weapon beyond Russia's borders (unless of course, Putin has made a decree pronouncing Belarus a "Russia's territory," which for all intents and purposes it might be under Lukashenko.)
** Effeteposer scripts have just been flipped from "Get ready for great victory" back to pleading again for "West / NATO starving Ukraine of weapons to force them to 'negotiate' (read 'surrender') for 'peace' with Russia."
See, paid Russian trolls can sometimes be useful in providing / confirming intelligence. Gives a new meaning to the phrase "useful idiot."
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