The Tampa Bay Times: What are ‘tactical’ nuclear weapons...?

Scholars say if Russia used tactical nuclear weapons it would be for shock value

Any use of a nuclear weapon by Russia would break the 77-year “taboo” against using nuclear weapons, says an article on Russia’s targeted nuclear arsenal, published in the Tampa Bay Times

It’s estimated Russia has about 2,000 tactical nuclear bombs.

“Just because these nuclear weapons are considered small doesn’t mean their impacts would be minor,” UC political scientist Brendan Green told the Times.

In the Russian nuclear arsenal, he said, most nuclear weapons that would be considered “tactical” would be “as large or larger than the bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki” to end World War II, said Green, an associate professor in UC's School of Public and International Affairs. 

If used, the country would like be alienated by the world for a lengthy period.

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Featured image at top of radiation symbol courtesy of Unsplash.

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