Putin is mobilizing his strategic nuclear weapons and nuclear submarines. What is the logic?

Suppose that Ukraine recaptures all its lost territories.

How would these nuclear missiles and submarines be able to reverse that?

If he really uses nuclear weapons, how come Russian administration expect to avoid another Nuremberg-like trial?

  • "how come Russian administration..." They probably don't plan to travel outside of Russia and some selected countries soon.
    – Trilarion
    Oct 9, 2022 at 19:44
  • In Douyin, China was shown preparing for the fallout from the nuclear war.
    – r13
    Oct 9, 2022 at 20:01
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    The logic is that the recently annexed lands are part of Russian territory which is to be protected at any cost.
    – r13
    Oct 9, 2022 at 20:03
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    @uhoh - A few days ago? As indicated in the article?
    – Obie 2.0
    Oct 9, 2022 at 22:54
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    I’m voting to close this question because it doesn't seem based on reliable information. Oct 10, 2022 at 5:57

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There is no mobilisation (source)

Russia has 2,000 tactical weapons, in very many shapes and sizes for use on land, sea and air. The weapons are not deployed on missiles or aircraft, but kept in bunkers in storage sites dotted around Russia. There are 12 national storage sites, known in Russian military parlance as “Object S”, one of which is in Belgorod, right on the Ukrainian border.

There are also 34 “base-level” sites, closer to the delivery systems. In a time of crisis, warheads would be moved from national to base-level sites – and up to now western intelligence agencies say no such movement has been observed

Sources in the question talk about a train carrying that looks more like conventional weapons (canons) and the submarine carrying nuclear weapon delivering drone left its base in Arctic circle but this is still far and Turkey unlikely to let it into Black Sea. If they plan to strike with underwater drone, what would be the military target? Ukraine has no notable fleet so no large military ports.

These may be just ordinary movements, while if they only plan to detonate a single warhead for the demo, no mobilisation would be necessary.


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