The Biden administration has begun wiring Ukraine with radiation sensors so it will be better able to identify the culprit behind a nuclear blast or dirty bomb, according to a report.
The New York Times reported that part of the goal in placing these sensors across the country is to make sure that they can positively identify a Russian weapon.
The Nuclear Emergency Support Team, a “shadowy” unit run by the National Nuclear Security Administration, is teaming up with Ukraine in the effort, according to the Times. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists wrote that Jeffrey Richelson, the author of a book about NEST’s mission, observed, “If a similar organization did not exist in the real world, Hollywood probably would have created one.”
“If a nuclear emergency were to occur in Ukraine, whether a radiation release from a nuclear reactor or a nuclear weapon detonation,” the security agency said in its statement to the paper, “scientific analyses would be rapidly provided to U.S. government authorities and decision-making centers in Ukraine and the region to make actionable, technically informed decisions to protect public health and safety.”
The U.S. Energy Department, which oversees the support team, is spending about $160 million on “nuclear precautions” in Ukraine.
TRENDPOST: Russian President Vladimir Putin said last month that Moscow will deploy “tactical nuclear weapons” in Belarus and nuclear talk has been increasing in recent weeks. (See “AS WE’VE WARNED: RUSSIA SAYS THREAT OF NUCLEAR EXCHANGE WITH U.S. GROWING” 25 Apr 2023, “WWIII: BELARUSIAN PRESIDENT ECHOES OUR FORECAST OF NUCLEAR WAR” 4 Apr 2023, and “RUSSIAN DIPLOMAT: NUCLEAR ARMAGEDDON LOOMS ‘EVER MORE DISTINCTLY’ THANKS TO U.S., ALLIES” 28 Mar 2023.)
Wendy Sherman, the U.S. deputy secretary of state, said during an annual NATO arms control conference last week that Putin could use a tactical nuclear weapon in a “managed” escalation.
Putin has said he will not use nuclear weapons in Ukraine. But Sherman said the leader may see these tactical nukes as a risk worth taking.
“We have all watched and worried that Vladimir Putin would use what he considers a non-strategic tactical nuclear weapon or use some demonstration effect to escalate, but in a managed risk escalation,” Sherman said. “It is very critical to remain watchful of this.”
TRENDPOST: Since the Ukraine War began a year ago, The Trends Journal has forecast that WWIII has begun and either a major false event or a nuclear exchange will make it “official.”
Dmitry Medvedev, the former president of Russia, warned in February about the risk of nuclear “apocalypse” because the U.S. and West have been providing billions to Ukraine to ensure the fight continues.
It is worth reminding readers that other than the U.S., no other country ever used nuclear weapons on an enemy.
Azerbaycan 24 reported that Medvedev noted that U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently spoke about the plight of the Japanese after the atomic bombs detonated on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Blinken evidently left out the fact that it was U.S. pilots who carried out the strikes.
The U.S. media is also promoting reports that Russia is planning a nuclear weapons test.
Lynne Tracy, the U.S. ambassador to Moscow, told the Kommersant newspaper that Russia is talking about a future test, Reuters reported. Moscow rejected Tracy’s claim and said “at the moment, everyone is sticking to the [New START Treaty] moratorium.”