Vladimir Putin makes to carry out a nuclear strike against Ukraine and the West could lead to him being killed by his own generals, an expert has claimed.Professor Peter Duncan at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) shared his views with the Daily Express as sham referendums were staged by Moscow in large areas of Ukraine that are now expected to be annexed by Russia.
Putin's thinly-veiled nuclear threats accompanied the state address earlier this week in which he confirmed that 300,000 reservists would be conscripted for the war in Ukraine.READ MORE: Russia's forbidden military testing region filled with bears, volcanos and missilesBut, whether the Russian president is bluffing or does not understand the peril of his own situation if he commanded the pulling of the nuclear trigger, is unclear with Prof Duncan saying: "The bottom line is that Putin is isolated from reality. "He just doesn't understand either about Russia, what people think in Russia, or about what people think abroad, which is, in other words, everywhere.
And that's why he makes mistake after mistake."Prof Duncan added that Putin's allies and security services deliberately mislead him about the Russian army's struggles in Ukraine, declaring: "It's still this old problem that people are afraid to tell him the truth, so he just doesn't know what's going on."Any nuclear strike ordered by Putin would need to be obeyed by his military commanders – namely Russia's Minister of Defence Sergei Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Vasilyevich Gerasimov.To stay up to date with all the latest news, make sure you sign up to one of our newsletters here.But Prof Duncan believes that moment would spell the end.Read more on dailystar.co.uk