There is almost no doubt any more that Vladimir Putin is off his rocker.
The Moscow madman has been waging a war that he cannot win in Ukraine, even if he takes over the country. The Ukrainians will never surrender, and the Kremlin will be forced to commit such atrocities that Russia will be ruined just as wholly as Ukraine thanks to international sanctions…or worse.
It’s a lose-lose situation for Putin, and so he’s doing what any spoiled brat would do: Threaten to ruin everything if he can’t get his way.
The latest example of this childish petulance will come during Russia’s Victory Day celebrations in just a few days’ time.
President Vladimir Putin will send a “doomsday” warning to the West when he leads celebrations on Monday marking the 77th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany, brandishing Russia’s vast firepower while its forces fight on in Ukraine.
Defiant in the face of deep Western isolation since he ordered the invasion of Russia’s neighbour, Putin will speak on Red Square before a parade of troops, tanks, rockets and intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Here’s where it gets worrisome:
A fly-past over St Basil’s Cathedral will include supersonic fighters, Tu-160 strategic bombers and, for the first time since 2010, the Il-80 “doomsday” command plane, which would carry Russia’s top brass in the event of a nuclear war, the Defence Ministry said.
In that scenario, the Il-80 is designed to become the roaming command centre for the Russian president. It is packed with technology but specific details are Russian state secrets.
Vlad Putin’s nuclear threats appear to be holding the world hostage at this point, and no good can come of that.