A serviceman with a Russian flag on his uniform stands guard near the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict outside the Russian-controlled city of Enerhodar in the Zaporizhzhia region, Ukraine August 4, 2022. Alexander Ermochenko – Reuters.
The War in Ukraine Could Lead to Nuclear War

Branko Marcetic interviews QI Eurasia Director Anatol Lieven.

Referencing the “precedent” of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Vladimir Putin in a speech last Friday announced the illegal annexation of parts of Ukrainian territory and threatened to use “all available means” to prevent their recapture by Ukrainian forces.

In response, the world heard serious talk of nuclear retaliation and escalation coming from high officials in Washington for the first time in many years.

I spoke about these alarming developments with Anatol Lieven, director of the Eurasia Program at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft and the author of numerous books, including Ukraine and Russia: A Fraternal Rivalry (1999).

Read the full interview in Jacobin.

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