A Tactical Nuke Would Do Nothing to Change the Ukrainian Battlefield

Wes O'Donnell
4 min readOct 5, 2022
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There is no military reason to use a tactical nuke at this phase in Putin’s war.

But first, what exactly is a “tactical” nuke?

Strangely, there is no real definition of “tactical nuclear weapon.” Many arms control wonks simply use the term “tactical” or “battlefield” nuke to distinguish them from their strategic big…

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Wes O'Donnell

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