Putin has rallied Russians yet again on how powerful a potential nuclear strike could be if Ukraine will not back down during his discourse with French President Emmanuel Macron.

The Russian president said that, just like in Hiroshima, nuclear attacks prove that “you don’t need to attack major cities in order to end a war.” For the past two months, Ukraine has accused Russia of threatening them with nuclear weapons, but Moscow has continued to deny this while they point the fingers back at Kyiv for allegedly using “radioactive dirty bomb” in their offensive.

According to The Mail, the French government was left “distinctly alarmed” after the call.”

“It sounded like a very heavy hint that Putin might detonate a tactical nuclear weapon in the east of Ukraine, while leaving Kyiv in tact. That appeared to be the thrust of his remarks.”

The source added: “The two presidents have undoubtedly discussed the risk of nuclear weapons use. Putin wants to get the message across that all options are on the table, in line with Russian doctrine relating to nuclear weapons.”

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Transport and launch containers of the RS-24 Yars complexes during the military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. (Source: Presidential Press and Information Office/Wikimedia)

Meanwhile, SOFREP and SOFREP Editor-in-Chief Sean Spoonts have been speculating around Russian nuclear threats. If Putin really does decide to hit that big red button, it would not make sense to use this against Ukraine particularly. Russia is looking to get Ukraine as part of the Motherland. If it’s all destroyed to smithereens, there are no people, no land to govern.

“We also tried to imagine a circumstance where Russia gives sovereign recognition to the seized territories of Luhansk and Donbas and at the behest of these puppet governments, Russia uses a nuclear weapon inside these territories to destroy Ukrainian forces. They could deny it was a use of nuclear weapons on Ukraine but on the soil of these two ‘new’ countries. Not that anyone in the world but Russia would go for it. Today though we see Russia holding sham referendums to incorporate these two regions into the Russian Federation to give them status now as Russian territory.”

This could also be why Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky’s having a hard time giving Russia space in negotiations. As they continue to liberate more cities, with Russian forces obviously thinning, there is no way they could agree to Russia claiming Crimea and the other four regions back as their own.