Putin constantly threatens nuclear assault on West as Ukraine battle falters

Putin constantly threatens nuclear assault on West as Ukraine battle falters

Formerly the stuff of dystopian science fiction, Vladimir Putin has often spoken to a nuclear assault on the West as his conflict in Ukraine is losing steam.

A nuclear strike on Paris, London, New York, or Washington, DC is still very implausible, but it cannot be ruled out. Since the Cuban Missile Crisis, President Biden has personally warned that the world is now more than ever on the verge of “Armageddon.”

It is not a reality that any of us like thinking about, but it is necessary to consider as we face the possibility of a new nuclear conflict between the east and the west.

Here, MailOnline explains what an attack like that would look like, the terrible cost it would exact, and the horror that would await any survivors with the assistance of Dr. Jeffrey Lewis, a professor at the Middlebury Institute.

Vladimir Putin issues the command to use atomic bombs on the West while holed up in his nuclear bunker in the Ural Mountains. His Cheget Briefcase, which contains codes, is handed down the chain of command until it reaches the crew of a missile silo.

A short while later, an intercontinental ballistic missile shoots like a space rocket into the stratosphere before exploding. It completes its mission far above the planet, unleashing its nuclear warheads, which are then guided by a reentry vehicle to their intended targets before being launched at supersonic speed back toward Earth together with decoys to fool defense systems.

Nuclear weapons can travel from Russia to the UK in approximately 15 minutes and from the US in about 30 minutes, so it is likely that the first signs of an assault would be a blinding flash and a gigantic fireball that would erase a city from the map.

Dr. Lewis explains using the example of a 500 kiloton nuclear bomb, which is not the biggest weapon in Russia’s arsenal but is more than thirty times larger than the Little Boy bomb that the United States detonated on Hiroshima.

The first thing you’ll experience, according to him, is a fireball that will vaporize anything within of it. “That will travel slightly over half a mile from the explosion center.”

If dropped on Westminster, it would result in the full destruction of the Houses of Parliament, Downing Street, St. Thomas’ Hospital, and Westminster Abbey, with a 100% fatality rate for everybody there at the moment.

One World Trade and the western end of the Brooklyn Bridge would be reduced to ash if the financial area of New York City were the target. Everything four blocks away from Pennsylvania Avenue would be destroyed by a detonation that occurred atop the White House. Place de la Concorde and the majority of the Champs Elysees would vanish if the Elysee Palace in Paris were to be attacked.

Then, according to Dr. Lewis, “you’ll have a shockwave that is going to seriously damage even fairly solidly constructed concrete structures out to just over a mile from the detonation, with everyone in that radius being crushed to death.”

That would result in the destruction of London’s major stations, Victoria and Waterloo, as well as Buckingham Palace. The Oval cricket stadium, all of Soho, half of Mayfair, and almost everything from Chelsea Bridge to Blackfriars would be gone.

Everything south of 2nd Street in Manhattan, including Wall Street, the Manhattan Bridge, Chinatown, and Little Italy, would be destroyed by an explosion of a comparable scale.

It would almost erase the whole National Mall from the map of Washington, D.C., including the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, the Arlington Memorial Bridge to the west, and the National Gallery of Art to the east.

The Arc of Triomphe in Paris would disappear. All of the Louvre’s artistic masterpieces, including the Mona Lisa, would be destroyed.

According to Dr. Lewis, the blast wave would continue to travel for around two and a half miles before significantly slowing down and inflicting serious fatalities and structure destruction.

That includes Battersea Power Station and the Tower of London. Chelsea, Knightsbridge, Belgravia, the majority of Hyde Park, and half of Regent’s Park would be chopped up. From Camden to Brixton, the destruction would be extensive.

That would completely destroy anything south of 30th street in New York. The whole Lower East Side, West Village, Madison Square Park, and Union Park. The Flatiron Building. The explosion wave would pass over Jersey City and Brooklyn Heights. It’s possible that the Statue of Liberty will fall.

Paris landmarks including Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, and Garde du Nord station would undoubtedly suffer irreparable damage. The Capitol, Jefferson Memorial, and a portion of Arlington National Cemetery in Washington would be fortunate to remain standing.

A very high dosage of radiation would likewise be administered to everyone in that area. Although it would prove deadly for many, even among survivors, up to 15% would probably pass away later from cancer connected to the bomb.

Radiation poisoning is just a terribly gruesome, unpleasant way to die, continues Dr. Lewis. Vomiting, nauseousness, and diarrhea are the initial consequences. People may recover and seem much better, possibly for hours or days, but then the symptoms return and are much worse.

Acute radiation exposure kills because it severely damages bone marrow and blood vessels, weakens veins and arteries, and impairs your body’s capacity to produce white blood cells that fight illness.

The majority of radiation poisoning victims either get an illness that their bodies are unable to fight, essentially rotting alive, or their blood vessels rupture, causing them to internally bleed to death. Weeks may pass before the process is complete, and recovery, if it occurs at all, may take up to two years.

However, a nuclear explosion’s effects do not end there. The shockwave continues to travel for another six miles or more, breaking windows and injuring people along the way. It does not end there.

According to Dr. Lewis, everyone inside that radius who is directly exposed to the blast’s heat is likewise likely to get horrible and maybe fatal burns in a “gruesome lottery.”

In a structure, you’re probably OK, but if you’re outside, you’ll probably have third-degree burns all over your body. You could be fortunate enough to be behind a hill, or you might be unfortunate enough that the same hill reflects a deadly shockwave your way, killing you.

And it doesn’t even take into account the consequences of nuclear fallout.

Depending on the kind of explosion Russia chose, there would be varying amounts of fallout: An airburst, in which the bomb is dropped from a height above the ground to maximize the shockwave’s effects, does comparatively minimal damage.

A groundburst, on the other hand, occurs when the bomb detonates close to the ground and creates a large quantity of ash that is pulled up till the fireball and mushroom cloud around it, then falls back to earth.

If it combines with clouds, it may fall as black rain, as it did after Hiroshima, or as snow-like ash flakes, as it did after the failed US nuclear test on Bikini Atoll during the Cold War.

People on the nearby islands remember the falling flakes and explain how kids caught them with their tongues since they had no idea what they were.

This dispersion might go up to 20 miles from the point of impact, depending on the whims of the weather. That would take it beyond Yonkers in New York, outside the M25 in London, over the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, or nearly midway between Washington, DC, and Baltimore.

Dr. Lewis brings up the concept of a “gruesome lottery” once again. You’ll experience some really significant radiation pollution [there],” he predicts. Some of them will get really sick. Though a few days spent in seclusion in your home could really help.

The explosion may also cause a “fire storm” akin to a forest fire, in which the quantity of oxygen drawn into the fire creates its own weather patterns, causing the flame to grow further and faster than it otherwise would.

Although the precise magnitude of it would be largely unknown until the bomb detonated, Dr. Lewis estimates that might produce damage that is many times larger than the detonation itself. Hiroshima experienced a firestorm after being bombarded because the city had many wooden structures, he said.

Then then, Nagasaki also suffered, yet there was no firestorm. We’re not really sure why. We also don’t know how a contemporary metropolis might burn.

Even then, the bomb’s consequences would still not be over. Although it is simple to concentrate on the overwhelming intensity of the bomb itself, the ripple effects may perhaps be more horrifying.

Thousands, if not millions, of people would suffer burns, broken bones, cuts, and other wounds in the aftermath, and most, if not all, of the hospitals in the explosion zones would have been left to ruins with the physicians responsible for keeping them operational dead.

If attacks were to occur in London, Washington, or Paris, the government’s capacity to organize a successful response to a crisis would be severely hampered and it would be unlikely that it would survive.

Energy, food, and water supplies would all be drastically curtailed or cut off, aggravating the situation even worse. Transport infrastructure, including roads and trains, would also be destroyed, delaying the delivery of aid.

A populace with severely compromised immune systems would be exposed to pests and illness amid mounds of dead corpses, perhaps sparking epidemics.

And it assumes that Russia dropped only one bomb. According to Dr. Lewis, the risk of society disintegrating altogether if Putin decided to strike many cities in the same nation at once is “not minor.”

The quantity of dust that would be released into the sky in the case of a full-scale nuclear conflict between nations would be so great that it would cut down on the amount of sunlight humans get, ruining crops, obliterating fish, and bringing about starvation in a so-called nuclear winter.

Experts have many wild theories about what will happen next, including whether mankind would be able to live under such circumstances. None of these theories are good.

Dr. Lewis observes sadly, “It is a running joke among nuclear specialists that the best advise in the case of a hit is to make sure you die in the first wave.”

When asked for recommendations on how Putin should respond to his threats, Dr. Lewis simply said, “This is not a game.” Keep your hands off of this.

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