Eyup, the Russian military has degraded to 1960s or 1970s levels (though not Soviet 1970s, just general 1970s) while we've perfected our art of killing the others effectively. It's not even a contest or even a war if NATO enters the fray.This is not the 90s.
In the 90s most if not all the things NATO is able to use nowadays either did not exist or was at its infancy.
Things like HIMARS, the latest ATGMS, Meteor, networked targeting...
And Russia was proven to be utterly incapable of intercepting even the limited munitions given and used by Ukraine.
Oh yes they use *radar dazzlers* to make targeting drones and operators die of laughter.
Kill the people who gave the very stupid order. Someone who gave a nuclear launch order for very stupid reasons is unfit to live and a threat for everybody else, so they die.How would you get to either Iran or Pakistan is something you have to explain to me.
Yes, yes, I know the routine, HATO will back down because mighty Putin throws nuclear threats, we've heard that one for months and we're still laughing at that. Thing is, within a couple of hours of nuking an Ukrainian city, Putin is dead. No if, no but, no whatever, he's dead from a PGM or a .50 cal bullet in the face. Everything else happens after that first problem being quashed. If the successors want to meet that fate? Le Shrug.Now we are talking about something else entirely. It would take time to set up the force needed for the strike.
That would not be secret, so there would be countermeasures in place(not that I believe the Russians are capable of doing any meaningful countermeasures) but the one thing they can do is prepare a counterstrike. And the only card they have left are strategic nuclear assets.
And at this point, we are looking at a thermonuclear war, again.
So we are trading Paris, London, Washington, Berlin, Rome, Athens, Helsinki, and Warsaw for Kyiv.
My point is few would be willing to do that. And I hope the ones that would are nowhere near the proverbial big red button.
Simply put, noone gives a fuck anymore about Russian nuclear posturing. Just like with North Korea.