In Washington, Putin’s Nuclear Threats Stir Growing Alarm

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David E. Sanger, Anton Troianovski and Julian E. Barnes-2h ago

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WASHINGTON — For the first time since theCuban Missile Crisisin October 1962, top government leaders in Moscow are making explicit nuclear threats and officials in Washington are gaming out scenarios should President Vladimir V. Putin decide to use a tactical nuclear weapon to make up for the failings of Russian troops in Ukraine.

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia displayed on Friday on a screen in Moscow as he addressed the sham annexation of four regions of Ukraine.©Alexander Nemenov/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

In aspeech on Friday, Mr. Putin raised the prospect anew, calling the United States and NATO enemies seeking Russia’s collapse and declaring again that he would use “all available means” to defend Russian territory — which he has now declared includes four…

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