The United States prepared for a nuclear attack in 2022

The United States prepared for a nuclear attack in 2022, according to a report prepared by CNN.

According to CNN, by the end of 2022, the United States began “rigorously preparing” for a potential nuclear weapons attack by Russia in Ukraine.

This attack would have been the first nuclear attack in war since the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki nearly eighty years earlier.

Amidst all this context, the United States prepared for a nuclear strike as the Biden administration was specifically concerned that Russia could use a tactical or battlefield nuclear weapon.

In fact, in 2023, according to Euro News Russia conducted a massive nuclear strike drill after the Upper House of Parliament approved the annulment of the ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

The Return of the Great Powers” by Azar Gat, published on March 12, revealed exclusive details about the unprecedented level of contingency planning carried out as alarm grew among senior Biden administration officials about the situation.

What led the Biden administration to arrive at such a startling assessment was not one indicator, but a set of events, analysis and, crucially, highly sensitive new intelligence.


The United States prepared for a nuclear attack in 2022

The administration’s fear, a second senior official told me, “was not just hypothetical, but also based on some information we gathered.”

The United States was preparing for a nuclear strike amid the heightened tension.

The late summer of 2022 was proving devastating for Russian forces in Ukraine.

Ukrainian forces were advancing toward Russian-occupied Kherson in the south. The city had been Russia’s biggest prize since the invasion.

It was now in danger of being lost to the Ukrainian counteroffensive. Fundamentally, as Ukrainian forces advanced, entire Russian units were in danger of being surrounded. The view within the administration was that such a catastrophic loss could be a “potential trigger” for the use of nuclear weapons.

Russia was losing ground inside sovereign Ukrainian territory, not inside Russia.

But U.S. officials worried that President Vladimir Putin would see it differently and respond more aggressively.

At the same time, Russia’s propaganda machine was circulating a new false flag story about a Ukrainian dirty bomb, this set the stage amid various threats.


In October 2022, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made a series of phone calls to U.S., U.K., French and Turkish defense officials, telling them that the Kremlin was “concerned about possible provocations by Kiev involving the use of a dirty bomb.”

But, at no time did the U.S. detect intelligence indicating that Russia was taking steps to mobilize its nuclear forces to carry out such an attack.

However, U.S. officials were unsure whether Russia was positioning tactical nuclear weapons.

Unlike strategic nuclear weapons, capable of destroying entire cities, tactical or battlefield nuclear weapons are small enough to move silently and could be fired from conventional systems already deployed on the Ukrainian battlefield.

The United States also worked closely with its allies to develop contingency plans for a Russian nuclear attack and to communicate warnings to the Russian side about the consequences of such an attack.

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *