Satellite images shows that there has been “increased activity” at Russian, China and the US nuclear bases and they are expanding their facilities.
The imagery obtained by CNN has revealed that the three nuclear powers are undertaking construction and are digging tunnels at the respective facilities.
Compared to a few years ago there is mass expansions happening across the three nuclear bases, one in the Nevada desert, the Russian Arctic Ocean archipelago and the third in China’s far-western region of Xinjiang.
Dmitry Medvedev, former Russian president and current deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council has warned there will be a nuclear strike.
Medvedev warned that if Ukraine’s counteroffensive is successful then Moscow will have no choice but “to use nuclear weapons.”
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Jeffrey Lewis, an adjunct professor at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, said the imagery shows new tunnels underneath mountains and an increase in traffic at the nuclear bases.
Lewis told CNN, “There are really a lot of hints that we’re seeing that suggest Russia, China, and the United States might resume nuclear testing.
“It’s very clear that all three countries, Russia, China and the United States have invested a great deal of time, effort and money in not only modernising their nuclear arsenals, but also in preparing the types of activities that would be required for a test.”
Professor Lewis added, “The threat from nuclear testing is from the degree to which it accelerates the growing arms race between the United States on one hand, and Russia and China on the other.
“The consequences of that are that we spend vast sums of money, even though we don’t get any safer.”
Retired US Air Force Col. Cedric Leighton, a former intelligence analyst came to a similar conclusion, CNN reported.
Col. Leighton said, “It’s very clear that all three countries, Russia, China and the United States have invested a great deal of time, effort and money in not only modernizing their nuclear arsenals, but also in preparing the types of activities that would be required for a test.”
A Russian general has also warned that Putin will “inevitably” use “nuclear weapons” in Ukraine for their survival to declare victory.
Major-General Alexander Vladimirov, 78, who is the author of the “war bible” and also wrote the General Theory of War said in an interview that a nuclear bomb will be dropped.
He told pro-war pundit Vladislav Shurygin on the VK social media platform that “only one thing is needed” and that is to press the button which will be a “political decision by the Supreme Commander-in-Chief,” Putin.
The Kremlin official said, “The goals of Russia and the goals of the West are their survival and historical eternity.
“And this means that in the name of this, all means of armed struggle available to them will be used, including such a tool as their nuclear weapons.”
General Vladimirov added, “I am sure that nuclear weapons will be used in this war – inevitably, and from this neither we nor the enemy have anywhere to go.
“The sooner our politicians and leadership realise this, the sooner we start to train troops and the population for this – the more chances we will have for survival, which means victory.
“If you want a long and strong peace, bury the hatchet on the territory of the enemy along with him. So, we need to be prepared…Prepare the Army, the State, the Economy and the population of the country.”