Newt: Serious Nuclear Threats In Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin watches the Vostok 2022 (East 2022) military exercise in far eastern Russia, outside Vladivostok, on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022. The weeklong exercise that began Thursday is intended to showcase growing defense ties between Russia and China and also demonstrate that Moscow has enough troops and equipment to conduct the massive drills even as its troops are engaged in military action in Ukraine.  (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

At a glance

  • The potential that Vladimir Putin could use nuclear weapons in Ukraine must be taken extremely seriously.
  • If things go wrong, we will look back upon this period as a parallel to early July 1914.
  • At that time, European civilization seemed safe, prosperous, and on a path of improvement.

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