by Michael Snyder

The Russians are feverishly preparing to fight a nuclear war. Still, our leaders continue to insist that nuclear war is not a threat because the Russians would never use their nuclear weapons against us, no matter how much we may provoke them. In fact, I was just reading an article on the official NATO website that a former U.S. defense official authored in which he openly admitted that he is assuming “that the war in Ukraine will end without Russian nuclear use.” Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin continues to make public statements about nuking America. This week, he told the entire world that there will be “no chance of survival” once he launches his nuclear missiles at us…

President Vladimir Putin has threatened the West with total nuclear destruction leaving ‘no chance of survival’ in the event of a strike on Russia.

In a ranting anti-US speech, the dictator said his powerful ‘Satan-2’ and ‘Flying Chernobyl’ missiles are ready for deployment in an ominous doomsday warning.

Putin told a conference in Sochi: ‘From the moment the launch of missiles is detected, no matter where it comes from – from any point of the world ocean or from any territory – such a number, so many hundreds of our missiles appear in the air in a retaliatory strike that there is no chance of survival there will be no single enemy left, and in several directions at once.’

I don’t know why our leaders are not taking such statements seriously.

If the Russians feel backed into a corner, they will not hesitate to use their most powerful weapons.

As I have repeatedly warned my readers, we do not have the ability to intercept and destroy Russian nuclear missiles.

Once the Russians launch their missiles, they will hit their targets.

And now the Sarmat is ready. It is the most advanced intercontinental missile in the world by an extensive margin, and Putin says that the Sarmat will be put on combat duty “in the near future”

He also claimed: ‘We have actually finished work on Sarmat [Satan-2] on the super-heavy missile…’

This ‘unstoppable’ 15,880mph Armageddon intercontinental missile system is the size of a 14-storey tower block.

‘We just need to finish some of the procedures in a purely administrative and bureaucratic way and move on to mass production and putting them on combat duty,’ Putin said.

‘And we will do this in the near future.’

Meanwhile, hopelessly outdated Minuteman missiles that went into service in the 1970s still form the backbone of our strategic nuclear arsenal.

The S-500 anti-missile system that the Russians possess was specifically designed “for intercepting and destroying intercontinental ballistic missiles,” it could handle Minuteman missiles with relative ease.

But just in case some get through, the Russians have been spending enormous amounts of money to upgrade thousands of bomb shelters

Bomb shelters across Russia are undergoing systematic inspections and repairs following a Kremlin order to upgrade the country’s crumbling Soviet-era infrastructure, according to current and former officials who spoke to The Moscow Times.

Many of Russia’s thousands of bunkers, reinforced cellars and other safe hideouts have been mothballed for decades. But as the war in Ukraine drags on, local authorities appear to be spending hundreds of millions of rubles to again make them fit for habitation.

“A decision to inspect the network of bomb shelters was made by the government in the spring,” said one Russian official, citing knowledge of government meetings that have taken place on the subject.

And this week in Russia, there was a nationwide drill meant to prepare the general population for a potential nuclear attack

SIRENS blared out across Russia today and children donned gas masks as part of a terrifying drill for an incoming nuclear attack.

The eerie siren could be heard across the country and chilling messages were broadcast live as Putin forced his citizens to endure a WW3 drill.

Chilling footage even shows schoolchildren being taught how to correctly don gas masks.

Sirens and loudspeakers were sounded in all regions across Russia’s 11 time zones in drills that spawned two days.

They are practicing because they believe that something like this could actually happen.

At the same time, our leaders continue to assure us that there is no risk of a full-blown nuclear conflict.

So, who is right and who is wrong?

If we were smart, we would try to end the war in Ukraine before things get out of hand.

The much-hyped Ukrainian “counter-offensive” has been a dismal failure, and now a top NATO official is admitting that Europe is running out of weapons to send to Ukraine

The head of NATO’s Military Committee is urging the alliance to increase arms production, warning the “bottom of the barrel” of NATO’s stockpiles is now visible due to the massive amounts of weapons and ammunition that have been shipped to Ukraine.

Dutch Adm. Rob Bauer made the comments on the first day of the Warsaw Security Forum. He said NATO military budgets increased before the Russian invasion but that the Western arms industry did not increase production capacity.

“And that has led to higher prices already before the war. And that actually has (been) exacerbated by the fact that we now give away weapon systems to Ukraine, which is great, and ammunition, but not from full warehouses,” Bauer said, according to TVP World.

We started to give away from half-full or lower warehouses in Europe and therefore the bottom of the barrel is now visible. And we need the industry to ramp up production at a much higher tempo and we need large volumes,” he added.

Here in the United States, the chaos in Congress could mean much less military aid for Ukraine in the months ahead.

When she was asked about this, one Ukrainian official admitted that this would be “a disaster” for them…

Days after lawmakers shelved a vital U.S. plan to send billions of dollars in aid to Kyiv, U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy was ousted by his own Republican Party colleagues. Aid to Ukraine was named as one of the reasons.

In Kyiv, officials are at a loss as to what might happen next. Their staunchest military ally suddenly looks unreliable, despite assurances from President Biden and others the U.S. will remain steadfast until Ukraine’s invaders are defeated.

“We are freaking out. For us it is a disaster,” said Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, a senior Ukrainian MP who chairs the committee on the country’s integration with the European Union. “We are interested in getting things sorted out so American democracy can function, and so we can restore the bipartisan consensus on supporting their own national interest by supporting Ukraine.”

Of course, there should be no “bipartisan consensus” because most Americans are against sending Ukraine more weapons

The share of Americans across the political spectrum who support sending arms to Ukraine has dropped, according to a Reuters/Ipsos survey released Thursday.

The poll, conducted Tuesday and Wednesday, showed only 41 percent of respondents said they agreed that the United States should provide weapons to Ukraine, down from 65 percent of respondents who said the same in a June 2023 survey.

Meanwhile, military spending in Russia is scheduled to dramatically increase next year, and 50,000 new recruits signed up to fight for Russia in September alone.

From a simply strategic viewpoint, it would make sense to try to get some sort of a ceasefire before the Russians start grabbing significant chunks of territory again.

But the Biden administration will never go for that.

Joe Biden has said over and over again that we will be involved in the war in Ukraine “for as long as it takes.”

And every day this war continues, there is more of a chance that someone will push things a bit too far, and nukes will start flying.

Before I end this article, there is one more thing that I want to share with you.

According to a shocking new survey that was just released, more than 71 percent of Americans “have no faith in the U.S. government to save them or prevent a doomsday event.”…

According to a survey of 6,200 Americans conducted by, 71.2 percent of Americans say they have no faith in the U.S. government to save them or prevent a doomsday event. Even more unnerving, many respondents believe Doomsday could come within the next year.

I was surprised to see such a high number.

But I think it accurately reflects what so many people feel right now.

The Biden administration really does have us on a highway to disaster, and they have no intention of changing course.

Unfortunately for all of us, if a nuclear war between the United States and Russia does erupt, it will mean the end of our society, and billions of people could end up dead.

Cross-Posted with Conservative Firing Line