Not playing same game Ukraine apocalyptic death or life challenge to Vladimir Putin

Ukraine invasion is a 'religious event' for Putin says Colonel

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Vladimir Putin is not thinking about the war in Ukraine in the same terms as the rest of the world, Colonel Simon Diggins warned. The former defence attaché warned the Russian president is now seeing the conflict in “apocalyptic death or life terms”, signalling he would care little about huge losses on either side. Speaking to talkRADIO, Colonel Diggins said: “His idea of winning and our idea of winning is different.

Our idea of winning has got some sense around, if you like, defeat for a political purpose.

“For him, this is kind of a religious event, this is him asserting the great Mother Russia, the last remaining centre of his particular view of Christianity.

“They’ve got to win, he sees it in kind of apocalyptic death or life terms. If you’re talking about apocalyptic terms, it doesn’t really matter how many million people are killed as long as something survives of the spirit of whatever he believes in.

“So we’re in this really strange place.”

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He continued: “On the one hand, we can have analysis which is around military objectives, around political aims and everything that goes with it.

“On the other hand, you’ve got somebody who’s actually thinking in a completely different approach around the apocalypse.

“And they’re difficult people to deal with because you’re not playing the same game.”

Putin put his nuclear forces on high alert two days after the start of the conflict and Russia confirmed this week they have been using devastating thermobaric weapons in Ukraine.

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The Russian Ministry of Defence said on Twitter: “The Russian MoD has confirmed the use of the TOS-1A weapon system in Ukraine.

“The TOS-1A uses thermobaric rockets, creating incendiary and blast effects.”

Thermobaric munitions differ from other types in that they do not consist of a fuel and oxidising agent to ignite.

Instead, the fuel is dispersed as a cloud and uses the atmospheric oxygen in ignition. As a result, they are much more powerful.

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The weapons were first developed by the United States for use in the Vietnam War and have since been used in multiple conflicts including the Soviet-Afghan War in the 1980s as well as by US and UK forces during the War in Afghanistan.

Western Officials warned the situation could further escalate if Russia decided to deploy chemical weapons on Ukraine.

They admitted to being “very concerned” about Moscow resorting to non-conventional weapons after failing to secure major objectives two weeks into the invasion.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said: “We should all be on the lookout for Russia to possibly use chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine, or to create a false flag operation using them – it’s a clear pattern.”

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