The risk of a new world war – which may be nuclear, too – between Russia and the US-led West spiked after a previously known flashpoint emerged in Eastern Europe.
This involves the surrounded Russian Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad and the so-called Suwalki Gap, a strip of land that Moscow may attack first if it decides to take on the entire NATO alliance.
All Russia’s Got Left Are Nukes
Russia’s threats have been taken into account while also considering the highly flawed state of Putin’s military demonstrated in the 115 days of war in Ukraine.
The latest estimate of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense reveals, as of Tuesday morning, at least 34,100 Russian soldiers have been killed in combat.
The number, however, refers solely to the service personnel of the official Russian military.
The huge losses of the Russians mean they have very limited forces left, if any, for a conventional attack against another country besides their current victim.
That’s not even speaking of a member of the US-led NATO alliance, where militaries of even the smallest and poorest nations are certainly superior.
However, Russia’s vast nuclear arsenal remains untouched and is still Moscow’s main basis for threatening the Free World.
Does nuclear war start at the Suwalki corridor? Or is Russia stretched too thin already?
IMHO, I know another gap, must not be missed Fulda Gap. pic.twitter.com/Te1d1O284R
— Sanz Bharadwaj (@Brahman_Union) April 28, 2022
The transit of passengers and #EU non-sanctioned goods to the #Kaliningrad region through the territory of #Lithuania continues uninterrupted. 🇱🇹 has not imposed any unilateral, individual, or additional restrictions on the transit and is acting fully in accordance with EU law. pic.twitter.com/qqgr9F84XM
— Lithuania MFA | #StandWithUkraine (@LithuaniaMFA) June 20, 2022
Russia was all gangsta against a small country of Lithuania, until that Lithuania blocked the transit to Kaliningrad
Now who’s losing their shit
— Saulė Kuperopoulos 🇱🇹🇺🇦 (@sankuperis) June 20, 2022
Russian state TV making a clear pitch for annexing the Suwalki Gap. Oh, and threatening nuclear war in Europe if Nato offers any resistance. https://t.co/VIbALGDasH
— Cassandra Schadenfreude (@Frances_Coppola) March 23, 2022
Just Like the Cold War, But Worse
The fresh batch of threatening statements came on Tuesday after Lithuania managed to integrate with the West over the past 30 years.
Lithuania also cut off the transportation of a wide range of goods between Russia and its exclave on the Baltic Sea coast, the Kaliningrad region.
The government of Lithuania, which is a member of both NATO and the 27-member European Union, announced it is banning the transit through its territory of goods sanctions by the EU because of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
Reacting to the Lithuanian move to implement EU sanctions on Russia, Nikolai Patrushev, the secretary of Russia’s Security Council, was notably fuming.
He threatened a tangible response to “such hostile actions”, as cited by Interfax and The Daily Mail. Patrushev, 70, who is a former KGB spy like Putin, still abstained from the vilest threats.
However, those were apparently left to Evgeny Buzhinsky, a retired general from the Russian military. He urged the Moscow dictator to immediately deploy nuclear weapons to the Kaliningrad exclave.
Meanwhile, Putin’s mouthpiece, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, told NBC News in an interview that Lithuania’s move obliterated any existing trust between Russia and the West.
However, Peskov shyly ignored the vicious, genocidal invasion of Ukraine that his boss’ regime has been executing before the eyes of the world for nearly four months now.
In the same interview, Peskov hinted that two American military vets fighting for Ukraine and captured by Russia are going to be executed by firing squad.
— Georgi Gotev & EURACTIV.bg (@GeorgiGotev) June 21, 2022
Calling it "Lithuianian's blockade" is misleading – Kaliningrad is open from the sea, it's not blocked. Lithuania just doesn't allow for RU transportation thrugh its sovereign territory according to EU sanctions.
— Cyprian Kowalczyk (@cyprianpl) June 20, 2022
These are the indicative estimates of Russia’s combat losses as of June 21, according to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/gbL5dkIpRG
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) June 21, 2022