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Russia Cautions of ‘Direct Military Conflict’ With West Over Ukraine Support

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Moscow, Russia – The Kremlin clanged the doomsday alarm with thundering ferocity on Monday, hurling an explosive warning that the West’s relentless flow of military muscle to Ukraine has shoved the world to the nuclear tripwire – an apocalyptic breach potentially combustible enough to incinerate the planet.

In a blistering tirade at a non-proliferation conference in Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov issued an ominous red alert that the U.S., Britain and France – three nuclear superpowers – have become the “key sponsors” goading Ukraine to carry out “provocative steps” against Russia. With dripping derision, he proclaimed the West is now “teetering dangerously on the brink of a direct military clash with Russia” that could detonate “catastrophic consequences.”

The brimstone rhetoric turbocharged tensions to chilling new heights in a conflict the Russian president has reframed as an existential death match between Moscow and Western forces he claims are hellbent on destroying Russia. Since ordering the unprovoked blitzkrieg into Ukraine in February 2022, Vladimir Putin has repeatedly raised the ghoulish specter of nuclear Armageddon – blood-curdling augurs the U.S. says it must take deathly seriously despite seeing no doomsday changes in Russia’s nuclear posture.

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“We see serious strategic risks in this, leading to an increase in the level of nuclear danger,” thundered Lavrov, taking furious aim at Western armorers for enabling the “criminal Kyiv regime.” “Of particular concern is the fact that it is the ‘troika’ of Western nuclear states that are among the key sponsors of the criminal Kyiv regime.”

Danse Macabre of Arms Control Destruction

The apocalyptic forebodings resonate against the wailing sirens of the near-total meltdown of the Cold War system of nuclear arms control between the U.S. and Russia. Both sides have bemoaned the disintegration yet remain truth-bucked in doomsday deadlock, with Lavrov decreeing “there is no basis for dialogue with the United States on arms control and strategic stability in general.”

With control of over 90% of the world’s 12,100 nuclear warheads – bastardized behemoths capable of immolating the planet many times over – Russia and the U.S. possess the diabolic might to turn the Earth into a tectonic tomb. Yet the channels of diplomatic herculean restraint have run blazingly arid as relations have withered into radioactive hostility over Ukraine and other world powder kegs.

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Lavrov anathematized the West for trying to achieve “unilateral military superiority” by developing viperous next-gen non-nuclear weapons like hyper-sonic missiles, hardening anti-missile systems, and scrambling to seize the high ground in the cosmic domain of space warfare – charges the U.S. has aerially parried. Western forces are brazenly attempting to “impose restrictions on the nuclear arsenals of Russia and China while developing non-nuclear capabilities,” he fumed.

Doomsday Spiral Intensifies

Western leaders have blackballed Putin’s macabre characterization of the war as a defensive battening against NATO’s continential encroachment, instead depicting it as a rapacious attempt by Moscow to redraw international borders through brute military force. They have vowed to perpetually reinforce Ukraine’s supply lines of heavy armoury and munitions to force a calamitous Russian failure, while doubling down that NATO personnel will never deploy directly.

Yet as each side now habitually damns the other as instigators groping for the Doomsday Trigger, the odds for thermonuclear miscalculation sharply escalate. Any direct conflagration between Russian and NATO militaries risks ungovernably soaring into a hellfire exchange of nuclear Armageddon.

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“The Westerners are teetering dangerously on the brink of a direct military clash between nuclear powers, which is fraught with catastrophic consequences,” Lavrov prophesied, likening the flame-out tensions to the feverish 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis when Moscow and Washington stood on the precipice of incinerating the globe.

As the failed Russian blitzkrieg bleeds more lives in eastern Ukraine and neither side signals gambits at compromise, the offramps from doomsday scenario are vanishing. Both Moscow and its Western archenemies appear hardlocked in an escalating maelstrom of bellicose rhetoric and escalatory action in Ukraine – a cyclonic chain of events recklessly ratcheting up the risk of nuclear Armageddon.

With the human toll exponentially mounting in Europe’s bloodiest conflict since World War 2, frantic efforts by diplomats to negotiate an exit ramp from this earth-scorching trajectory are being deafeningly drowned out by the drums of possible nuclear conflict once thought inconceivable just years ago. As Lavrov shakes the charred trees of Moscow’s nuclear warnings, the shockingly high stakes could not be more seared in neon brimstone.

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Mezhar Alee
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Mezhar Alee is a prolific author who provides commentary and analysis on business, finance, politics, sports, and current events on his website Opportuneist. With over a decade of experience in journalism and blogging, Mezhar aims to deliver well-researched insights and thought-provoking perspectives on important local and global issues in society.

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