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Ukraine war: what are the risks that Russia will turn to its nuclear arsenal?

Mark Webber, University of Birmingham and Nicolò Fasola, University of Birmingham Is Russia now led by someone who would contemplate using nuclear weapons without any great concern? Over Ukraine, Vladimir Putin has dropped some pretty big hints that he is prepared to cross that strategic Rubicon. Just days before the invasion of Ukraine, Russia and its ally Belarus engaged in nuclear exercises. In announcing the invasion itself, Putin pointedly referred to Russia’s standing as “one of the most powerful nuclear

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