Russia has claimed to have developed nuclear-capable torpedoes, known as the Poseidon torpedoes, that are said to be so powerful that they could cause radioactive ocean swells and huge nuclear tsunamis that could destroy coastal cities in the United States or its allies. These torpedoes are due to be delivered to the special-purpose nuclear-powered submarine Belgorod.
Impact on Marine Life and Human Life
If Poseidon can indeed trigger enormous radioactive tsunamis, the torpedoes could have a huge impact on marine life, as well as human life. Radioactive fallout has been previously found to have a big impact on wildlife in the vicinity. In the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, birds and mammals were found to have developed cataracts in their eyes and smaller brains.
New category of Retaliatory Weapon
US and Russian officials have both described Poseidon as a new category of retaliatory weapon, capable of triggering radioactive ocean swells to render coastal cities uninhabitable.
Russia warns NATO allies of Nuclear War
Deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council Dmitry Medvedev warned NATO allies that a defeat for Russia in Ukraine could provoke a nuclear war. In Telegram, he said, “The loss of a nuclear power in a conventional war can provoke the beginning of a nuclear war. Nuclear powers have never lost major conflicts on which their fate depends.” Though his comments on Russia’s theoretical defeat in Ukraine may show that the Kremlin is increasingly worried about its ability to win Putin’s war as Western support for Kyiv continues to roll in. Putin has repeatedly threatened to use at least tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine as the conflict has dragged on much longer than experts think Putin intended.
Russia’s military drill in Arctic
In September 2022, Russian nuclear-powered submarines fired cruise missiles in the Arctic as part of military drills designed to test Moscow’s readiness for a possible conflict in its icy northern waters. The drills, named Umka-2022, took place in the Chukchi Sea, an eastern stretch of the Arctic Ocean that separates Russia from the U.S. state of Alaska.
Heading: Russia’s capability to destroy NATO countries in 30 minutes
The head of Russian space agency Roscosmos has claimed his country could quickly destroy NATO countries if a nuclear war took place. Dmitry Rogozin, who has made many outlandish and provocative comments in recent months, shared the message in Russian on his Telegram channel. Rogozin claimed that the destruction could happen in 30 minutes, and said “but we must not allow it, since the consequences of an exchange of nuclear strikes will affect the state of our Earth.”