Home » World » On Victory Day, Putin May Be… On Victory Day, Putin may be tempted to escalate war with Ukraine to nuke level Pranay Sharma 8 May 2022 8:24 PM Russian artillery vehicles roll during a dress rehearsal for the May 9 Victory Day military parade in Moscow on Saturday. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI) News CIA director William Burns says there is no evidence that Russia will use nuclear weapons The ongoing Ukraine conflict has raised apocalyptic visions of nuclear options being exercised Ukraine president Zelenskyy has said that he is convinced Russia is ready to use nuclear arms Narrative After 10 weeks, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine seems to be running out of steam Neither side seems to be willing to sit down at the table and discuss making peace With no decisive victory in sight, Putin could think of “other means” to win the war Debate The nuclear-weapon states talk about peace but increase stockpiles They are spending billions of dollars on upgrading nuclear arsenals Weapon states have studiously ignored UN calls for disarmament CIA director William Burns has said that although there is “no practical evidence” that Russia will deploy nuclear weapons in the current Ukraine conflict, the US should “stay very sharply focused” on the potential nuclear threat regardless. “We don’t see, as an intelligence community, practical evidence at this point of Russian planning for the deployment or even potential use of tactical nuclear weapons,” Burns said at the conference in Washington DC on Saturday, repeating a similar assessment he made at the beginning of April.
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