Putin weighing up ‘nuclear Armageddon’ as one option for Ukraine, expert warns

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Russia is considering "nuclear armageddon" as one option for Ukraine amid rising tensions, an expert has warned.

Analyst Andrei Ostalski says Russian President Vladimir Putin has not yet decided which of the five options offered to him will be used amid rising tensions in the European country.

The expert suggested that plans could go as far as "nuclear Armageddon" and also claimed that a war between Russia and Ukraine was "highly likely" as Russian troops continue to amass along the border.

Mr Ostalski told BBC Scotland: "The first question of yours deals with the possible scenarios and as I understand it Mr Putin hasn't decided himself which one of the five I am being told he is going to choose."

He continued: "So the first scenario will be possibly an attempt by the Russian intelligence services to stage a coup d'etat.

"In Ukraine with the help of significant fifth column that does exist inside the political-military institutions in Ukraine.

"And then Mr Putin can play it by ear deciding by what kind of a force, or if at all, he has to go to campaign to help so that this conspiracy to succeed."

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Mr Ostaslki spoke of other plans, saying: "The second scenario is sort of really really frightening and I think it's kind of a bluff that they found Russian deputies and political commentators openly discussing now, that if push comes to shove, then Mr Putin will be prepared even to bring the world through the brink of nuclear armageddon.

But Mr Ostaslki said these plans would be an "unlikely development".

NATO members have scrambled to give their support to Ukraine, with the UK announcing a deployment of a small infantry training team to aid Ukrainian armed forces against Russian military.

Reports also say that NATO has stationed around 4,000 troops in neighbouring European countries like Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland due to the heightened tensions between Ukraine and Russia.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "Invading Ukraine from a Russian perspective is going to be a painful, violent and bloody business.

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"And I think it's very important that people in Russia understand that this could be a new Chechnya, I've been to Ukraine several times.

"I know the people of that country a bit, and my judgement is that they will fight and really that is not the way the world should be going.

"I hope that they understand that in the Kremlin, but it's the job of the UK to make sure our friends and partners around the world particularly in Europe, also understand that we get ready a tough enough package of sanctions".

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  • Vladimir Putin
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