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Russia bombards Ukrainian town with nuclear-capable artillery, raising fears Putin may use tactical nukes to break stalemate

RUSSIA’s terrifying nuclear-capable artillery has been spotted laying siege to a Ukrainian town, raising fears that Vladimir Putin may be resorting to tactical nuclear weapons.

Vladimir Putin’s Defense Ministry has stoked fears of a nuclear conflict by releasing footage of the massive 46.5-ton weapon firing shells into Kharkiv.

As Russia continues its grinding campaign in Ukraine, video shows the giant Malka tracked self-propelled gun bombarding the besieged city.

It comes as Russia’s deputy ambassador to the UN, Dmitry Polyanskiy, has warned that if NATO ‘provokes’ Putin he will use nuclear weapons.

“Why not, if NATO provokes Russia, if NATO attacks Russia? We are a nuclear power, after all,” he said.

Polyanskiy is one of the best Russian diplomats in the United States.

The 2S7M howitzer has massive barrels capable of firing 100 kg laser-guided 8-inch shells and can bombard targets 35 miles away.

The cannons are so powerful that they have been known to knock out crew members who are stunned by the force of concussion.

The weapons systems would be associated with Orlan-10 drones, which facilitate the identification of targets and the transmission of data to the crew.

The weapon is claimed to have a range of five meters.

The fact that they may be armed with nuclear weapons is the most worrying aspect of this. 3BV2 nuclear shells.

The shells have a destructive power of up to 1 kt, which, although small for a nuclear bomb, is still a terrible power.

The most powerful conventional bomb ever used, the infamous American MOAB, weighed only 11 tons.

As a result, nuclear shells are about 100 times more powerful, with the force of 1,000 tons of TNT.

Russia is believed to possess 2,000 nuclear weapons in the form of low yield missiles, torpedoes and artillery shells.

Putin’s commanders expected they could wipe out the former Soviet state in days, but the conflict has now dragged on for a month.

Russian troops expected to be greeted with cheers and waving flags, but instead were met with rage and molotov cocktails.

However, Russian tactics changed from surgical strikes to indiscriminate bombardment of cities in the wake of this slow and brutal quagmire.

And the anxieties rise. Putin could resort to even more heinous weapons, including tactical nuclear weapons.

The deployment of Malka cannons, which could be armed with nuclear shells, adds to concern.

“So when President Putin starts talking about nuclear options, he might have something like this in mind,” General Sir Richard Barrons told Sky News.

“We have to understand that the stakes for Ukraine have now become global,” he added.

“Essentially, raising the specter of nuclear weapons, the rest of the Western Hemisphere has joined Ukraine on the ground.”

Experts on all sides have warned that with Russia increasingly locked in, it may resort to tactical nuclear weapons to break the impasse.

It is believed that the United States and Russia spent a lot of time and money developing smaller, battlefield-ready atomic weapons.

The weapons lack the truly terrifying destructive power of the most powerful weapons of the Cold War era, such as the Tsar Bomba.

A single 58 megaton Tsar Bomba could wreak havoc within an 80 kilometer radius, kill millions, send a shock wave that would circle the globe three times, and create a mushroom cloud visible 800 kilometers away.

Due to the potentially apocalyptic consequences of such a nuclear exchange, such a bomb was deemed far too large to use.

However, it is this type of thinking that has driven war planners to develop and potentially use tactical nuclear weapons rather than strategic nuclear weapons.

Russia has repeatedly refused to rule out the use of nuclear weapons and has frequently raised the specter of weapons.

Moscow’s war doctrine is seen as open to the use of nuclear weapons as an intimidation tactic in conventional conflict – and the use of such a weapon would require Putin’s personal approval.

The strategy became known as “escalate to defuse”.

Moscow has used such tactics on the ground before, such as simulating a NATO attack on the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad.

In the storyline, Russian forces retaliated against the Western invasion by firing nuclear weapons at Poland and the United States.

These exercises are believed to have taken place in the 1990s and 2000s, with tactical nuclear weapons being used for both attack and defence.

“I am legitimately concerned that under these circumstances Putin could use a nuclear weapon, most likely on the ground in Ukraine to terrify everyone and get what he wants,” said Carnegie nuclear expert James Acton. Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC.

Meanwhile, retired US Air Force commander General James R. Clapper Jr. has warned that Moscow has lowered the bar on the use of nuclear weapons.

According to him, nuclear weapons are “utilitarian rather than unthinkable” in Russia.

The war on Russia continues today, with a major NATO meeting at which US President Joe Biden is expected to outline the next steps.

Putin has become increasingly isolated on the world stage as crippling economic sanctions on Russia begin to bite.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is getting bloodier every day and there seems to be no end in sight.

Ukrainian confidence grew as they launched offensives to repel the Russians.

Moscow’s forces failed to carry out the long-awaited assault on kyiv and took only a few towns.

Thousands of civilians, including men, women and children, have been killed and millions have been forced to flee their homes.

And the longer the war lasts, the more innocent people will die, and Putin is more likely to do something shocking, like using chemical or nuclear weapons.