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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling 789

Posted by Soulskill
from the in-case-you-were-feeling-optimistic-today dept.
cold fjord writes Russian President has issued a stark indication of Russia's military capabilities: "I want to remind you that Russia is one of the most powerful nuclear nations. This is a reality, not just words." According to News.com.au, "It's the first time in more than 25 years that Moscow has raised the spectre of nuclear war. The difference this time is that its tanks are already pouring over its western borders." To put numbers behind that, "Russia has moved 4,000 to 5,000 military personnel — a figure far higher than one U.S. official's earlier claim of 1,000 troops. The soldiers are aligned in 'formed units' and fighting around Luhansk and Donetsk.... And they may soon have company: Some 20,000 troops are on border and 'more may be on the way.'" On top of that, the Ukraine Defence Minister claims Russia has made threats that they're prepared to use tactical nuclear weapons to stop further resistance.
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

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  • Re:Sigh... (Score:5, Funny)

    by amicusNYCL (1538833) on Tuesday September 02, 2014 @07:05PM (#47812069)

    the new Mexican state is openly hostile to Americans and is threatening to exterminate them.

    This is just a hypothetical, right? Not actually based on true events, correct?

    What would I do? Well, I guess I would probably threaten to nuke Mexico. That clearly seems like the obvious and rational choice. That would most definitely move popular support in my favor, and people would not think that I am legitimately psychopathic. I would also send several thousand troops down to Mexico to bombard and lay siege to various towns while claiming that those soldiers are actually lost and/or on vacation with all of their military equipment, because that would allow me to both intervene militarily, and also let the world know that I am in no way in control of anything that my armed forces do. And of course I'll shoot down a civilian airliner, because it's not a party until someone shoots down a civilian airliner, but then I'll claim that I didn't do that and people will eventually forget it happened anyway. I'll also claim that Mexico was really always a part of the US, and so I would invade and annex the Yucatan peninsula, because why not? Then I'll meet the new democratically elected leader of Mexico and shake his hand while making a weasel face like this [skynews.com.au], and I'll have the leader of Canada stand behind me ready with the double-stink-eye.

    Or I'll just tell everyone living in Mexico who would rather live in the US that they should probably just move here. I'd probably do one of those two though.

  • Re:Sigh... (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 02, 2014 @07:05PM (#47812071)

    IN the US , we have more important things to deal with, like what the president is wearing *rolls eyes*

    Yet people here go on and on about the shirt Putin ISN'T wearing!

  • by PopeRatzo (965947) on Tuesday September 02, 2014 @07:11PM (#47812137) Homepage Journal

    There are comparatively fewer web sites focusing on technology, mathematics, science, and computing. Slashdot was such a site. We'd be able to come here to find articles and dicussion that wouldn't be readily available from other sources or venues.

    Next article up: "Ask Slashdot: Will nuclear winter usher in the year of Linux on the desktop?"

  • Re:Sigh... (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 02, 2014 @07:18PM (#47812201)
    I read that as “less pubically visible”, but it still worked.
  • Re: Sigh... (Score:3, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 03, 2014 @12:52AM (#47814177)

    The West needs them, not the other way around. Sanctioning Russia is right now proving a disaster for the EU, which cannot afford it. Germany is understanding it and if Germany fails, the whole of the EU sinks with it.

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