Ukraine is apparently preparing for the possibility of World War 3, with Ukraine's defense minister responding to Russia's nuclear weapons threats by claiming they may consider restoring Ukraine's nuclear weapons programs.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, Vladimir Putin has been escalating tensions lately with the announcement of a Russian nuclear weapon test launch of an ICBM from a nuclear submarine. Putin has also promised the Western world that there will be "corresponding countermeasures" to any sanctions, and is already working hard on improving Russia's nuclear weapons programs.
Due to recent world events, Catholic leader Pope Francis has declared that World War 3 has already begun in a "piecemeal" fashion in Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, Gaza, and Africa.
"War is madness," Pope Francis declared. "Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction. War is irrational; its only plan is to bring destruction: it seeks to grow by destroying. Greed, intolerance, the lust for power. These motives underlie the decision to go to war and they are too often justified by an ideology."
It's not only the Western world that fears World War 3 is around the corner. A recent poll in China showed that a majority of the Chinese believe World War 3 will happen relatively soon.
Ukraine's Nuclear Weapons Program Restored?
Under the Clinton administration, Ukraine was urged to give up its nuclear weapons it had retained from the former Soviet Union. The Budapest Memorandum obligated the United States, England, and the newly formed Russian Federation to respect Ukraine's border in return for Ukraine's agreement to give up the Soviet nuclear weapons. If any party were to violate Ukraine's territory, or to provide "threat or use of force" or "economic coercion," the Budapest Memorandum obligated each party to "seek immediate United Nations Security Council action to provide assistance to Ukraine."
According to Vestnik Kavkaza, Minister of Defense of Ukraine Valerii Heletei claimed earlier today during a press conference that Russia is threatening Ukraine with tactical nuclear weapons.
"I am drawing attention to Russia's threatening Ukraine with the use of tactical nuclear weapons," Heletei noted. "If we fail to defend Ukraine today, if the world does not help us, we will have to get back to the creation of such weapons, which will defend us from Russia."
Fortunately, Ukraine will not restore the development its own nuclear weapons immediately, but it is being considered as an option for the future. Heletei stressed that Ukraine's nuclear weapons programs would only be an option if NATO member states do not provide weapons, especially from member states like the United States and England.
According to BBC News, Heletei also claimed that some NATO countries have begun sending Ukraine weapons.
"I have no right to disclose any specific country we reached that agreement with. But the fact is that those weapons are already on the way to us - that's absolutely true, I can officially tell you," he said.
Defense officials representing the United States, Italy, Poland, and Norway have already denied there any plans to send weapons to Ukraine.
So far, the Ukraine war has resulted in 2,600 deaths in the last five months of conflict with pro-Russian forces. According to NATO, Russia's military has about 1,000 troops in eastern Ukraine, while an army of about 20,000 more are stationed near the border. Russia denies sending direct military aid to the rebels, insisting any Russian soldiers are "volunteers" fighting in the war.
Do you think the Ukraine war could potentially escalate into World War 3? How do you think the world's leaders should resolve the conflict?