Top Russian Military Leaders Discuss Options For Using Nuclear Weapons In Ukraine: Report

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with heads of leading engineering schools and their industrial partners - participants of the Leading Engineering Schools project at Novgorod Technical School in Veliky Novgorod on September 21, 2022. (Photo by Gavriil GRIGOROV / SPUTNIK / AFP) (Photo by GAVRIIL GRIGOROV/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • U.S. military officials were stunned that the discussions were taking place because it meant that Putin’s past threats about using nuclear weapons might not be just bluster.
  • The officials would not disclose the specific scenarios that Russian military leaders discussed where they could use such weapons.
  • However, the report said that officials had not seen any substantial evidence that the Russians were planning to use tactical nuclear weapons shortly.

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