Vladimir Putin has again threatened to use nuclear weapons to protect Russia and its people. In his speech on Friday, he extended that nuclear deterrent to the 15% of Ukraine’s territory that Russia annexed after mock referendums that ended Wednesday. This even includes some countries that have already been liberated by the Ukrainian army. Mr Putin’s threats represent an offensive use of nuclear weapons, imperial expansion through nuclear threats. He must be stopped, but how?
It is tempting for the US to take the lead. This is not the twaddle of a weakened dictator; Mr. Putin has an idea how to use nuclear weapons to achieve his goal. The Biden administration’s response to these serious threats was swift. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said Sunday the US would respond “firmly” to a Russian nuclear attack on Ukraine, with “catastrophic consequences for Russia.”
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-best-way-to-combat-putins-nuclear-threats-vladimir-russia-war-weapons-national-security-ukraine-military-europe-11664571529 The Best Way to Combat Putin’s Nuclear Threats