The United States and its NATO allies are going to wipe out Russian troops in Ukraine, and sink the Russian Navy in the Black Sea, if Moscow’s bloodthirsty dictator decides to carry out a nuclear attack against the Ukrainians.
This is per retired US general and ex-CIA head David Petreus.
Second Similar US Warning to Russia in Weeks
Petreus’ warning to Russia is similar to that of another retired US general, former Supreme NATO Commander in Europe, Gen. Ben Hodges.
Hodges said last month that an American response to Putin’s potential nuclear strike in Ukraine does not have to be also nuclear, but could be a powerful conventional attack.
The possibility of an increasingly paranoid Putin resorting to nuclear weapons in some form cannot be ignored. Since the Russian tyrant invaded Ukraine with 200,000 troops, his military has been suffering stupefying losses.
Over the past month, the Ukrainian defenders scored several major victories in Eastern Ukraine, the latest one by capturing the strategically located town of Lyman in a fresh humiliation to the Putin regime and its once much-dreaded military.
At the end of last week, the Russian autocrat announced the illegal annexation of four partly occupied regions in southeast and southern Ukraine, while also threatening to “smash” the West.
Russian President Vladimir Putin faces an "irreversible" situation amid the country's land grab in Ukraine, retired Army general and former CIA chief David Petraeus tells @JonKarl.
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) October 2, 2022
BREAKING: Ukraine has completely destroyed russia's 58th brigade, which played a pivotal role in russian annexation of Georgian territory in 2008.
— AlexFrom 🇺🇦 (@MisterA1980) October 1, 2022
‘Nothing Putin Can Do Now’ to Win
Speaking on ABC News’ “This Week” program on Sunday, Gen. David Petreus declared the United States and its allies in the 30-strong NATO alliance would devastate Russia’s troops in case even a single Russian nuke went off in Ukraine.
Petreus noted that Putin’s nuclear threats should be taken seriously, especially since the Moscow dictator is becoming increasingly “desperate” because of the “irreversible battlefield reality that he faces.”
The former chief of the CIA pointed out that even though Ukraine is not a member state of NATO, and therefore isn’t covered under the alliance’s Article 5 mutual defense clause, a NATO response to a Russian nuclear attack “would be in order.”
Petreus said it could be possible to interpret any radiation fallout from a Russian nuclear attack in Ukraine as aggression against the members of the alliance.
He argued such a development would be “so horrific” that “it cannot go unanswered” and there would have “to be a response.”
The former top US commander in Iraq hypothesized a collective NATO reaction “would take out” any Russian forces in Ukraine, on the Russian-annexed Crimean Peninsula, and every single Russian vessel in the Black Sea.
Petreus observed that Ukraine and its plucky President Volodymyr Zelenskyy “mobilized vastly better” than Putin’s Russia.
He commented that Putin’s “shambolic mobilization,” “annexation,” or nuclear weapons usage could not save him from the defeat that he is facing in Ukraine.
According to Petreus, there is nothing the Russian autocrat could do at this point in order to defeat Ukraine and win his war of aggression.
#Russian occupiers who "survived" after the liberation of #Lyman by the #Ukrainian Armed Forces fled to the town of #Shchastia in #Luhansk region, reports Haidai, head of the Ukrainian military and civil administration. pic.twitter.com/lTihlhYI51
— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) October 3, 2022
Three mobilized men died in the training center in the Sverdlovsk region
One mobilized man died from an epileptic attack caused by alcohol poisoning, and another committed suicide. The third was sent home, where he died of liver cirrhosis.
📰State Duma deputy Maksim Ivanov pic.twitter.com/ZeIfUdDNfM
— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) October 3, 2022
Despite sanctions, Russian made answer to HIMARS will soon arrive in Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/AGCWDrjpSk
— Darth Putin (@DarthPutinKGB) October 3, 2022
These are the indicative estimates of Russia’s combat losses as of Oct. 3, according to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/zBci68wEU0
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) October 3, 2022
This article appeared in MorningPress and has been published here with permission.