Russia cannot use Nukes against Chechens or Ukrainians..unless they do not have plans to ever
get some minimal level relations with them. Conventional Warfare is needed too.. otherwise Garry ,why bother building tanks? if Russia have nukes?
No Vann, Putin wont nuke chechnia... that is part of the Russian federation. they wont likely nuke the Ukraine... though kiev deserves it... they can just threaten a nuclear attack on a US base in Europe... and of course kill everyone who tries to smuggle weapons and equipment to chechnia in big fancy show trials... learn the sources of the money and issue international arrest warrants.
Russia wasn't interested in Snowdon because the stuff he released... they already knew.
Putin has already been painted in the west as an aggressive mad man.... why not play with that?
If NATO start arming Ukrainians with their best conventional equipment and deploy 50,000 troops from 28 countries of NATO allies ,that is mercenaries from all Europe mixed with Ukrainians to over Run eastern Ukraine and later attack Crimea who is Going Russia to attack with a nuclear weapon? all NATO powers?
If the west does that Russia can offer sanctuary to those in the Ukraine to live in Russia and then close their border and their gas pipes to the Ukraine and it can be the EUs problem... any attack on the Crimea would make the Bay of Pigs look like a picnic... the natives will resist and the Russians will back them all the way... after all it is Russian territory now.
Unless you have not noticed ,there is politics too in war , and you can be forced at times
to fight on their terms and their rules..
Only an idiot would fight a war on the enemies terms... correction... and idiot and a loser.
Look at every war of the last 100 years... just look at the Vietnam war or the war in Afghanistan... should the enemy of the big cold war power wear uniforms and march in nice straight lines to be killed by the enemies superior fire power?
exactly what is happening in eastern Ukraine ,that Russia needs to keep a low profile with their help.
The Ukraine has made its choice multiple times... they claim they are not Russian. Russia is respecting that.
The west wants to make this a war between the Ukraine and Russia, but in actual fact it is a war between west leaning Ukraine and East leaning Ukraine.
More precisely the west wants Russia to be greatly weakened... whether it is a war in the Ukraine or China they don't care... fortunately Putin isn't that stupid and it will likely be the west that has to foot the bill to repair the Ukraine...
Try to see just the whole picture from time to time. You cannot use nuclear weapons in cities with civilians to kill a few hundreds or fighters , so you need conventional war ,really good tanks that can survive Top attack weapons..
Except the problem isn't the few hundred or few thousand fighters... it is their political and financial supporters that are the problem... don't blow up a little village in the middle of the Ukraine when you can nuke Kiev. Plenty of those nazi fucks have stated if only they had nukes...
give them one.
Or Else.. it will be as bad as if was chechenia that took Russia like 10 years to finish the war. and a few thousands Russian lives lost ..for poor equipment.
Hahahahaha.... Ukrainian nazi government fighter does not equal Chechen rebel... on any planet or any reality... even unarmed.
As if Russia was already invaded by Hitler again the point here is that i don't think Russia will need 3 more years until 2018 to get in service their armata tanks if they were in the middle of a major war ,and invasion against their country.. and cannot use nukes because the enemy shield using civilians.
If you are not prepared to kill civilians WTF is the point of nukes? When could you ever use them?
Do you think having Abrams tanks and F-22s would have meant the Iraqis would have beaten the US forces in desert storm? Having new western toys hardly helped the georgian forces in 8 8 8... in fact when they went to war they put all their new American toys in boxes and issued AKs for war... what does that tell you? And these Ukrainian rabble are not even comparable to the Georgians.
A proxy war in Ukraine and potentially another chechenia war and in former soviet nations.
The conflict is nothing to do with Russia... only the west wants to drag Russia into it.
Personally I think Russia should supply new weapons and ammo and food and equipment, but they are only supplying red cross type aide... why should they change their stance and start supplying weapons?
If you think they should get involved then why not launch an Iskander with a penetrator 500kg warhead into their government building during a session with all the nazis present...