Nuclear Bomb Simulator Used 9 Million Times Since Russia Invaded Ukraine; As Finland Nears NATO, Russia Flags ‘Full-Fledged Nuclear War’ Risk

By Newsweek. A nuclear bomb simulator website has experienced a huge increase in visits since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine earlier this year, the creator told Newsweek.

The simulator—called NUKEMAP—was created by Alex Wellerstein, a historian of nuclear weapons, who is an associate professor at the Stevens Institute of Technology, in Hoboken, New Jersey.

On February 24, Russian forces began advancing into Ukrainian territory across several fronts, marking a major escalation in a conflict that started in 2014. Following the invasion, NATO activated its defense plans, while Sweden and Finland applied for membership to the organization, much to Russia’s displeasure.

The conflict has led to a spike in discussions about the potential breakout of nuclear war—and people have been looking to find out what that might mean if a bomb were detonated. (Read more from “Nuclear Bomb Simulator Used 9 Million Times Since Russia Invaded Ukraine” HERE)

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As Finland Nears NATO, Russia Flags ‘Full-Fledged Nuclear War’ Risk

By Newsweek. Former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev has warned of the risk of “open conflict” between Moscow and NATO, which could escalate into a nuclear war, just as Finland announced plans to join the alliance.

Although he did not mention Russia’s neighbor by name, Medvedev, who is the deputy chairman of his country’s Security Council, raised the threat of nuclear war in a Telegram post which was published less than an hour after Helsinki announced its NATO intentions.

The Russian foreign ministry said on Thursday that, following Finland’s move, it will be “forced to take retaliatory steps, both of a military-technical and other nature to stop the threats to its national security,” RIA Novosti reported. (Read more from “As Finland Nears NATO, Russia Flags ‘Full-Fledged Nuclear War’ Risk” HERE)

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