Vladimir Putin is cornered and willing to use nuclear weapons, experts claims – World News

Military historian Sir Antony Beevor believes Russian President Vladimir Putin has cornered himself and is willing to use nuclear weapons if his war in Ukraine fails

Vladimir Putin has cornered himself, British historian says

Vladimir Putin is in a corner of his own accord and is willing to use nuclear weapons if his war fails, a military historian claims.

Sir Antony Beevor says the Russian president believes NATO’s “progress” beyond his own country’s borders is the equivalent of the Nazis who swept across Europe 80 years ago.

And pressure on Finland and Sweden to join the alliance in recent days amid the despot’s catastrophic invasion of Ukraine will have done little to allay his misguided suspicions.

Sir Antony, who has published several books on World War II, said Putin sincerely believes the Red Army fought “single-handedly” against Adolf Hitler’s Wehrmacht, while Western allies wanted to “stab the Soviet Union in the back” .

The current invasion of Moscow, which it calls a “special operation” to disarm and protect Ukraine from fascists, has shocked the European Union.

Kiev and its Western allies say fascism’s claim is a baseless pretext for an unprovoked war of aggression.

Putin has claimed his war in Ukraine is against fascism


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In the Daily Mail, Sir Antony writes: “Eventually he has caught himself in a past he does not understand.

“He refuses to admit that it is his own aggressive actions that have achieved that.

“So, combined with his bitter resentment that the West has never really shown ‘respect’ — that gangster euphemism for ‘fear’ — Putin wants to scare us.”

Sir Antony, whose latest book Russia: Revolution And Civil War 1917-1921 will be released later this month, went on to say that Putin’s “own disastrous mistakes have cornered him”.

Historian Sir Antony Beevor


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He believes the former KGB intelligence officer is willing to use nuclear weapons if “his own regime” is defeated in Ukraine.

He added: “This has led to far greater dangers to the world than at any time since 1945.”

Ukraine’s counter-offensive is underway near the Russian-occupied city of Izium, but the military has reported that Moscow forces are advancing elsewhere in Donbas.

The southeastern region has become the main war zone in the past month.

Ukrainian soldiers patrol the frontline in Donbas


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After fierce resistance since Russia launched its invasion on February 24, the Ukrainian military has had a string of successes, first forcing Russian commanders to abandon an advance on the capital Kiev, then making rapid gains in the northeast over the past week. to drive the enemy from the second largest city of Kharkov.

Since mid-April, Russian forces have focused much of their firepower on the east for what has come to be known as the “Battle of the Donbas”.

British military intelligence issued a damning verdict on the Russian campaign in the region on Sunday.

A Ukrainian soldier looks into a crater in the village of Yatskivka in the Donbas region


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It assumed that Russia had lost about a third of the ground fighting forces deployed in February, and that its offensive in the Donbas was “significantly behind schedule” and unlikely to make any rapid progress over the next 30 days.

Continuing to put pressure on Izium and Russia’s supply lines will make it harder for Moscow to surround the battle-hardened Ukrainian.
troops on the eastern front in the Donbas.

One of the objectives of Russia’s action in Ukraine was to prevent the former Soviet Republic from ever joining NATO.

But in a telephone conversation, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto told Russian President Vladimir Putin that his country, which shares a 1,300 km (800 mi) border with Russia, wanted to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to bolster its own security.

Putin told Niinisto it would be a mistake for Helsinki to give up its neutrality, the Kremlin said, adding that the move could damage bilateral relations.

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