Opinions divided: US intelligence officers doubt Russia's nuclear capabilities – CNN
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Russian generals, according to American intelligence, are dissatisfied with the heavy losses in Ukraine. If the occupiers suffer a humiliating defeat in Kherson, the Kremlin may use tactical nuclear weapons.
The US National Intelligence Council admits inaccuracies in the information about the talks of the Russian military to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine. This was stated by several sources of the American television channel CNN, who got acquainted with the intelligence assessment.
Data on the conversations of the military of the Russian Federation is not processed, and is not a product with a high degree of reliability, but rather an analysis. Some officials believe the talks may have been taken out of context and do not necessarily indicate Russia's readiness to use nuclear weapons.
The United States does not see Russian President Vladimir Putin's readiness to take the plunge and use nuclear weapons, officials said .
Other members of US President Joe Biden's administration who read the assessments reacted with concern as senior Russian generals grow increasingly unhappy with Russia's losses in Ukraine.
“This disappointment can turn into despair. There are questions in connection with the annexation of the occupied Ukrainian territories – will Russia go to extreme measures for protection,” the White House fears.
The United States is monitoring the actions of the Russian Federation in Kherson and if The UAF will oust the occupiers with a humiliating defeat, this could be the trigger that will force Putin to resort to tactical nuclear weapons. This is one of the scenarios, although US officials emphasize that Kherson is their only center of attention.
“Only Putin can know what's in his head,” officials said.
Vladimir Putin might not have been involved in talks about nuclear weapons
The New York Times was the first to write about talks in Russian military circles about the use of tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine. According to journalists, this caused increased concern in Washington, and Vladimir Putin did not participate in these negotiations.
White House spokesman John Kirby said in response that the United States sees no signs of Russia preparing to use nuclear weapons.
On November 2, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced the inadmissibility of a nuclear war and the special responsibility of the Russian Federation as a nuclear power. Putin admitted that there was no point in using nuclear weapons in Ukraine, and his spokesman called the dissemination of information dangerous “targeted pumping.”
The Ukrainian military leadership is attentive to Moscow's threats to launch a nuclear strike on Ukraine and urges the West not to relax . Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu came up with a new myth – they allegedly want to deploy NATO nuclear weapons in Ukraine.