Putin’s Path From Pledges of Stability to Nuclear Threats

From an AP story headlined “Putin’s path: from pledges of stability to nuclear threats”:

As he turns 70, Russian President Vladimir Putin finds himself in the eye of a storm of his own making: His army is suffering humiliating defeats in Ukraine. Hundreds of thousands of Russians are fleeing his mobilization order, and his top lieutenants are publicly insulting military leaders.

With his room for maneuvering narrowing, Putin has repeatedly signaled that he could resort to nuclear weapons to protect the Russian gains in Ukraine — a harrowing threat that shatters the claims of stability he has repeated throughout his 22-year rule.

U.S. Steps Up Intelligence and Surveillance After Putin’s Nuclear Threats

From a story on politico.com by Bryan Bender headlined “U.S. steps up intel, surveillance after Putin’s nuke threats”:

U.S. and allied intelligence agencies are stepping up efforts to detect any Russian military moves or communications that might signal that Vladimir Putin has ordered the use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine, according to five current and former U.S. officials.

But any indications that the erratic Russian leader has decided to unleash the unthinkable — in a desperate attempt to re-seize the initiative or bully the international community to meet his demands — could come too late, they warned.

U.S. Intelligence Agencies Increase Surveillance After Putin’s Nuclear Threats

From a politico.com story by Bryan Bender headlined “U.S. steps up intel, surveillance after Putin’s nuke threats”:

U.S. and allied intelligence agencies are stepping up efforts to detect any Russian military moves or communications that might signal that Vladimir Putin has ordered the use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine, according to five current and former U.S. officials.

But any indications that the erratic Russian leader has decided to unleash the unthinkable — in a desperate attempt to re-seize the initiative or bully the international community to meet his demands — could come too late, they warned.