Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned the world that it should “prepare” for Russian leader Vladimir Putin to use nuclear weapons during the conflict with Ukraine. Zelensky also urged rulers to make air raid shelters and anti-radiation medicine readily available for the potential calamity.
Zelensky made the comments during an interview with CNN on Sunday. “Not only me — all of the world, all of the countries have to be worried because it can be not real information, but it can be truth,” Zelensky told host Jake Tapper in an interview from his presidential office in Kyiv. “Chemical weapons, they should do it, they could do it, for them the life of the people, nothing. That’s why,” Zelensky said. “We should think, not be afraid, not be afraid but be ready. But that is not a question for Ukraine, not only for Ukraine but for all the world, I think.”
In a separate interview with Ukrainian media Saturday night, Zelensky warned of the real possibility of a nuclear attack by Russia. “We shouldn’t wait for the moment when Russia decides to use nuclear weapons. … We must prepare for that,” the Ukrainian leader said alluding to Russia’s military and weapons strength. “Anti-radiation medicine and air raid shelters would be needed,” he said, noting that Russia “can use any weapon, I’m convinced of it.”
Zelensky is not the only member of the ruling class pushing the idea of a nuclear war. CIA Director William Burns said last week that a desperate Putin, seeing his forces suffer heavy losses at the hands of the Ukrainians, may resort to using nuclear weapons. “Given the potential desperation of President Putin and the Russian leadership, given the setbacks that they’ve faced so far, militarily, none of us can take lightly the threat posed by a potential resort to tactical nuclear weapons or low-yield nuclear weapons,” Burns said during a speech last Thursday at Georgia Tech University.
Is it all rhetoric designed to panic the masses? Maybe. Could Russia use nuclear weapons? Maybe. It is better to be prepared for the possibility, just in case. Even a limited nuclear war would have dire consequences for this planet, no matter which ruling class decides to do it.