Russian Analyst Wants Nuke ‘Demonstration’ to Warn the West & Ukraine

Wes O'Donnell
5 min readMay 31, 2024
Licensed by the author from Envato Elements

With all this recent talk of Ukraine using Western arms to strike Russian targets on Russian soil, a member of a prominent Russian think tank — the Council for Foreign and Defense Policy — has now proposed that Russia conduct a “demonstration” nuclear explosion.

Well, that escalated quickly.

The proposal was made by Dmitry Suslov in an article for the business magazine Profil and later repeated on a TV show Suslov hosts on Russia’s First Channel.

No sooner had the ink dried on my previous piece, and the Biden administration reportedly just gave Ukraine the green light to strike Russian targets across the border — but only around the Kharkiv region.

Presumably, Suslov believes an attack on Russian soil would erase the “red line” that had existed since the beginning and would signal NATO’s direct entry into the war — even though Ukrainians would be doing the shooting.

His reasoning for using a demonstration nuke is to “convince our opponents of Moscow’s readiness to…



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