"Fear of death": Putin fears nuclear attack on Ukraine
Created: 2022-11-27 06:36
By: Bona Hyun
An FSB agent reveals: Putin is afraid of using nuclear weapons in the Ukraine war.
© Sergei Chirikov/Mikhail Metzel/dpa (montage)
Will there be a nuclear attack on Ukraine?
FSB insiders reveal that Putin is afraid of using nuclear weapons.
NEW YORK – Concerns are growing about the use of nuclear weapons in the Ukraine war, which a former US general says is entering its fourth phase.
However, an insider at the Federal Service for Security of the Russian Federation (FSB) believes a nuclear escalation in the Ukraine war is unlikely.
According to information from the FSB agent, Putin fears the use of nuclear weapons in the Ukraine war.
Fear for his own life is one of several reasons why the Kremlin boss will not launch a nuclear attack on Ukraine, the anonymous agent wrote in a letter.
Nuclear attack on Ukraine: why Putin fears the use of nuclear weapons
According to the FSB agent, Putin, who may soon be overthrown, would be too afraid of death to trigger a nuclear strike with global repercussions.
According to the FSB agent, Putin would not let even his closest confidants near him.
If someone fears even those closest to them, the person will not endanger their own life or the lives of loved ones by waging nuclear war, the letter
The fear of a nuclear attack has been present since the start of the Ukraine war.
In the recent attacks on Ukraine, Russian missiles hit the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant and damaged Ukraine's infrastructure.
Large parts of Kyiv are currently without electricity because the supply was interrupted by the rocket attack.
The situation in the Ukraine war had also worsened after the rocket hit Poland.
Russia and Ukraine blamed each other for launching the missile.
Nuclear strike in the Ukraine war: historians do not believe in nuclear expansion
But the FSB agent doubts that, despite the heavy Russian attacks, there will be a nuclear war in 2022.
Putin cannot make the decision to use nuclear weapons for a nuclear war in 2022 alone.
Background: According to
the “three suitcase principle” applies in Moscow.
In addition to the Russian president, the defense minister or the chief of staff must also give their approval for a nuclear strike.
The FSB agent also doubts that the nuclear weapons from Russia can be used and even work properly.
The historian Ian Kershaw also does not believe in a nuclear expansion of the Ukraine war.
“This risk would be far too high for Putin to provoke his own annihilation.
Because if a nuclear bomb were used – of whatever kind – Russia would have to reckon with the West taking revenge.
He would then no longer have these decision-making processes under control," he said in an interview with
Fear of nuclear war: FSB agent allegedly reveals information about Putin in letter
So far, the information from the FSB agent could not be confirmed.
When asked about the letter and the general situation,
has not yet received any response from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
According to Newsweek
, the letter from the FSB agent was
dated March 4, 2022, shortly after the start of the Ukraine war.
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The FSB agent reportedly sent the letter to Vladimir Osechkin, a Russian human rights activist.
The letter was apparently shared via email to
by Igor Sushko, who is a member of the Wind of Change Research Group think thank and had access to the letter.
As early as March 6, Christo Grozev, an FSB agent, and other of his colleagues were able to confirm that the letter was written by an FSB agent.
It is not clear what proportions the Ukraine war will take on or when the end of the Ukraine war is drawing near.
In recent months, Western politicians have tried to get Ukraine to sit at the negotiating table with Moscow.
However, Ukrainian President Zelenskyy has so far refrained from negotiating talks with Putin, who recently exposed two allies.