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Ukraine is apparently preparing for the possibility of World War 3, with Ukraine’s defense minister responding to Russia’s nuclear weapons threats by claiming they may consider restoring Ukraine’s nuclear weapons programs.
In a related report byThe Inquisitr, Vladimir Putin has been escalating tensions lately with the announcement of aRussian nuclear weapon test launch of an ICBMfrom a nuclear submarine. Putin has also promised the Western world that there will be “corresponding countermeasures” to any sanctions, and is already working hard on improving Russia’s nuclear weapons programs.
“War is madness,” Pope Francis declared. “Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction. War is irrational; its only plan is to bring destruction: it seeks to grow by destroying. Greed, intolerance, the lust for power. These motives underlie the decision to go to war and they are too often justified by an ideology.”
Under the Clinton administration, Ukraine was urged to give up its nuclear weapons it had retained from the former Soviet Union. The Budapest Memorandum obligated the United States, England, and the newly formed Russian Federation to respect Ukraine’s border in return for Ukraine’s agreement to give up the Soviet nuclear weapons. If any party were to violate Ukraine’s territory, or to provide “threat or use of force” or “economic coercion,” the Budapest Memorandum obligated each party to “seek immediate United Nations Security Council action to provide assistance to Ukraine.”
According toVestnik Kavkaza, Minister of Defense of Ukraine Valerii Heletei claimed earlier today during a press conference that Russia is threatening Ukraine with tactical nuclear weapons.
“I am drawing attention to Russia’s threatening Ukraine with the use of tactical nuclear weapons,” Heletei noted. “If we fail to defend Ukraine today, if the world does not help us, we will have to get back to the creation of such weapons, which will defend us from Russia.”
Fortunately, Ukraine will not restore the development its own nuclear weapons immediately, but it is being considered as an option for the future. Heletei stressed that Ukraine’s nuclear weapons programs would only be an option if NATO member states do not provide weapons, especially from member states like the United States and England.
According toBBC News, Heletei also claimed that some NATO countries have begun sending Ukraine weapons.
“I have no right to disclose any specific country we reached that agreement with. But the fact is that those weapons are already on the way to us – that’s absolutely true, I can officially tell you,” he said.
Defense officials representing the United States, Italy, Poland, and Norway have already denied there any plans to send weapons to Ukraine.
So far, the Ukraine war has resulted in 2,600 deaths in the last five months of conflict with pro-Russian forces. According to NATO, Russia’s military has about 1,000 troops in eastern Ukraine, while an army of about 20,000 more are stationed near the border. Russia denies sending direct military aid to the rebels, insisting any Russian soldiers are “volunteers” fighting in the war.
Do you think the Ukraine war could potentially escalate into World War 3? How do you think the world’s leaders should resolve the conflict?
World War 3is on the tips of the tongues of many, and now that Russia has fired its nuclear weapons as a show of force, Vladimir Putin is already warning the United States and NATO he believes this new Cold War 2 will cause a planned arms escalation in response to threats made over the Ukraine crisis.
Earlier this month, Ukraine Defense Minister Valeriy Heltey claimed Russia’s nuclear weapons could be used against his country in a tactical strike if tensions continued to escalate.
“The Russian side has threatened on several occasions across unofficial channels that, in the case of continued resistance they are ready to use a tactical nuclear weapon against us.”
Lithuanian PresidentDalia Grybauskaiteeven claimed that Russia is effectively waging war against all of Europe.
“It is the fact that Russia is in a war state against Ukraine. That means it is in a state of war against a country which would like to be closely integrated with the EU. Practically Russia is in a state of war against Europe,” she said. “That means we need to help Ukraine to… defend its territory and its people and to help militarily, especially with the military materials to help Ukraine to defend itself because today Ukraine is fighting a war on behalf of all Europe.”
Unfortunately, Russia’s nuclear bombs are increasing in number, not decreasing as was previously hoped all but 10 years ago. On Wednesday, the Russian military successfully tested a Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launched from the nuclear submarine theVladimir Monomakh. The test nuclear missile flew from the White Sea near Russia’s border with Finland and hit its target nearly 3,500 miles away on the Kamchatka peninsula north of Japan.
Fears of World War 3 have been rising in volume throughout 2014, especially since Vladimir Putin has regularly been referencing Russia’s nuclear weapons lately.
According toBusiness Insider, he recently said, “Russia is one of the most powerful nuclear nations. This is a reality, not just words.” Speaking on Russia’s plan to modernize their nuclear arsenal, Putin claimed the U.S. and NATO should not be “hysterical” and said, “We have warned many times that we would have to take corresponding countermeasures to ensure our security.”
Putin plans on taking personal charge of the government commission overseeing military industries and their 2016-2025 weapons modernization program is focused on creating a “guaranteed nuclear deterrent.”
Regarding the power of these nuclear weapons, they have a range of 5,000 miles and can create an explosion 100 times larger than Hiroshima. At the same time, the Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile has suffered repeated glitches that caused launch failures. Much of Russia’s nuclear weapons capabilities were inherited from the former Soviet Union and haven’t been updated significantly, nor does Russia have an effective missile defense shield system like the United States.
Pope Francis weighed in on the spate of recent global conflicts, describing them as a third world war being fought incrementally.
The Pope made the comments in a homily delivered during a visit to Italy,NBC Newsreports. After praying in a cemetery containing 15,000 soldiers who died during the first world war, Francis visited Italy’s largest war memorial, where 100,000 victims of that war are buried. He spoke in front of the memorial, made of 22 steps in the side of a hill, with three crosses placed on top.
“War is madness,” The Pope intoned during his mass. “Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction.”
Francis has repeatedly called for an end to conflicts raging in Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, Gaza, and Africa. AsBusiness Insidernotes, he asserted last month that the use of force by the international community against ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria would be justified. Although the Pope has previously decried the concept of war in the name of God, he accused ISIS of “unjust aggression” in their actions, which have killed or uprooted thousands, many of whom are Christians.
“War is irrational; its only plan is to bring destruction: it seeks to grow by destroying,” Francis said. “Greed, intolerance, the lust for power. These motives underlie the decision to go to war and they are too often justified by an ideology…”
Fears of a third world war are nothing new. Earlier this year, several high-profile economists and financial advisers made reference to war as it applied to the future of economics, asThe Inquisitrnoted. International aggression from Russia, directed toward the Ukraine, has also stoked fears of impending war, highlighted by a nuclear weapons test conducted last Wednesday from a Russian submarine, the Vladimir Monomakh. A Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was launched in what was widely believed to be a show of force.
“Humanity needs to weep and this is the time to weep,” The Pope said.
During his homily, Pope Francis condemned “plotters of terrorism,” although he did not specify any by name. His sermon was delivered in the rain to thousands who attended the mass amid the memories of the first world war
53 percent of respondents in China thought that China and Japan would have a shooting war in the next six years, which may inevitably lead to war on a world-wide scale. The poll highlighted the deep-rooted mistrust that exists between the two countries, and the pessimistic world view that could lead toWorld War 3.
The poll was jointly conducted by theChina Dailyand Japanese NGO Genron. Although themajority of Chinese respondentsthought there’d be war by 2020, only 29 percent of Japanese felt that same way. Nevertheless, high feelings of mistrust existed on both sides. 93 percent of Japanese had a negative impression of the burgeoning Asian superpower, and 87 percent of Chinese felt the same way about Japan.
It’s a hatred that has run deep since World War 2.
In fact, China just recently marked the69th anniversaryof Japan’s surrender in the World War. The Chinese government has even declared it a national day, right as tensions continue to rise.
Japan isn’t helping matters much either. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been criticized as being “insensitive” after visiting theYasukuni shrinein January. The shrine is dedicated to those who died in war, including convicted war criminals.
Most disturbing of all is the conflict over the Senkaku islands (known as the Diaoyu Islands in China and the Pinnacle Rocks in English-speaking countries.) The islands have been a potential flash-point, with both sides claiming ownership despite Japanese administrative control.
TheU.S. has stated publiclythat it would defend Japan over the islands, and is duty-bound to protect Japan if attacked. Since the end of the last World War, Japan has been one of America’s closest allies in Asia.
A situation that resembles the very first world war?
Earlier this year, Shinzo Abe was quoted as saying that the situation in Asia was similar to Europe before thefirst world war, and that China and Japan needed to avoid what happened between Germany and Great Britain. Abe later said that he was misquoted because of a bad translation, but the analogy had already grabbed the media’s attention.
The world is again a web of different alliances and loyalties. Any serious conflict between Japan and China would force allies on both sides, like the U.S. and North Korea, into the fray.
It’s not clear if the respondents for the poll understood how severe a conflict between the two countries would be. Hopefully the people are wrong, and World War 3 stays in the realm of the hypothetical
Ukraine's Minister of Defense Valerii Heletei claims Russia has threatened Ukraine with tactical nuclear weapons, Ukrainian News Agency reports on Sunday.
"I am drawing attention to Russia threatening Ukraine with the use of tactical nuclear weapons," the minister noted.
In such a situation, Ukraine is relying on NATO member states' weapons delivery, the Ukrainian defense minister stressed. If the assistance is not provided, Ukraine will have to resume developing its own nuclear weapons, he emphasized.
A shaky ceasefire has been in place in eastern Ukraine since 5 September
Nato countries have started delivering arms to Ukraine to help its soldiers fight pro-Russian separatists in the east, the defence minister says.
Valery Heletey did not give details of the weapons being delivered or name the countries involved.
A similar statement earlier was denied by five Nato members, including the US.
Ukraine's prime minister says Nato is the "only vehicle" to protect the country from Russia, which he and the West accuse of intervening in the east.
Moscow has denied sending troops to help pro-Russian rebels who have been engaged in heavy fighting with government forces in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions since April.
At least some 2,600 people have been killed in five months of conflict.
A fragile ceasefire has been in place since 5 September, despite recent outbreaks of violence around key flashpoints such as Donetsk airport.No lethal assistance
Mr Heletey told reporters on Sunday that he had discussed weapons deliveries in bilateral meetings with Nato defence ministers during a Nato summit in Wales earlier this month.
"I have no right to disclose any specific country we reached that agreement with. But the fact is that those weapons are already on the way to us - that's absolutely true, I can officially tell you," he said in remarks quoted by Ukraine's Unian news agency.
Ukraine's defence minister says the extra weapons will be used to "stop" Russian President Vladimir Putin
While the issue of restoring Ukraine's nuclear arsenal was not on the agenda, Mr Heletey said it would not be ruled out in future.
Nato officials say they have no plans to send lethal assistance to non-Nato member Ukraine, but that members states may do so.
But defence officials in Italy, Poland and Norway have all denied plans to provide any weapons.
On Saturday, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk accused Russia of wanting to "eliminate his country," saying it was the "key aggressor" in the conflict.
Nato says Russia still has about 1,000 heavily armed troops in eastern Ukraine and about 20,000 more near the border.
But Russia denies sending direct military help to the rebels, insisting that any Russian soldiers there are "volunteers".
Nato has announced the formation of a new "spearhead" force numbering several thousand troops, which can be deployed to protect member countries in a matter of days.
It followed growing concern from Nato member countries bordering Russia over its involvement in Ukraine.