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March 18, 2022 | Russia Threatens To Use Nuclear Weapons

Hilliard MacBeth

Author of "When the Bubble Bursts: Surviving the Canadian Real Estate Crash"

Russia is threatening to use nuclear weapons in the current conflict with Ukraine if western countries intervene.

Is there a significant possibility of a nuclear war?

V. Putin issued a vague threat, but everybody thinks they know what he was talking about. In his warning to Europeans and North Americans who might be thinking about joining in the defense of Ukraine he said:

“I would now like to say something very important for those who may be tempted to interfere in these developments from the outside. No matter who tries to stand in our way or all the more so create threats for our country and our people, they must know that Russia will respond immediately, and the consequences will be such as you have never seen in your entire history. No matter how the events unfold, we are ready. All the necessary decisions in this regard have been taken. I hope that my words will be heard.”

From February 24, 2022, Vladimir Putin televised address to Russia:

Since he is talking about Europe primarily and Europeans endured the horrific destruction of WWI and WWII on their territory he is obviously talking about the use of nuclear bombs and other advanced weapons such as hypersonic missiles. There is no ambiguity in his words.

So, given the pressure that NATO members are under to come to the aid of Ukraine there is a small possibility of a nuclear war.

The establishment of a “no fly zone” over Ukraine with the assistance of other nations would be considered interference, according to Putin. There is no way to establish a “no fly zone” without a military presence that can shoot down airplanes that cross into airspace over Ukraine. And this would give Russia justification for attacking those countries who helped. This is one reason that Germany, France, the UK, Poland and the US are hesitating to provide direct assistance.

The military actions are now just three weeks old, having begun February 24th.

Here is the status of nuclear arsenals for the US and Russia:

Source: BCA Research

While the US has an advantage in some parts of the supplies, Russia has a slight edge in number of warheads. Either country could easily destroy large cities and kill millions of people.


The jump in public interest in Russian nuclear weapons is off the charts, showing increased concern.

Putin has warned Sweden and Finland not to consider joining NATO, although Russia could not launch an invasion of those countries while active in Ukraine.

A move by Russian forces into the western part of Ukraine and towards Poland would be a substantial escalation. These moves would signal an intent to occupy all of Ukraine.

Watch for nervous markets over the next month as investors weigh the possibility of all-out war. It is impossible to put a probability on Putin’s acting on his threat regarding nuclear weapons. He may achieve his objectives of keeping NATO from helping Ukraine just by making the threat.

Hilliard MacBeth

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March 18th, 2022

Posted In: Hilliard's Weekend Notebook


  • George Summers says:

    He’s already using “nuclear equivalent” weapons. Here’s how:
    1. Surround a city with troops
    2. Bomb out the infrastructure with missiles.
    3. Sit back and watch 350,000 people die from dehydration/starvation.
    Slower, but just as effective as a 15 kiloton nuclear bomb.
    Only WWIII will stop him.
    I hope I’m wrong.

  • George Summers says:

    Additional Comment: He has hypersonic missiles and is currently using them. There is currently no defense system against hypersonic missiles. The U.S. is developing a defense system but it won’t be ready until 2024. So he can bomb at will.

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