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‘Vladimir Putin could be using nuclear rhetoric to give the appearance of being unstable.’ Photograph: Sputnik/AFP/Getty
‘Vḷdīmir Pūtin cd b yzñ ńclir reṭric t gv ɖ apiṛns v biyñ unstebl.’ Foṭgraf: Sputnic/AFP/Geti

Ɖ Gardịn vy on Pūtin’z ńclir ʈrets: Ruśa z luzñ in Ycren

(Transcription of an editorial published in the Guardian on Friday 29 April 2022)

Wɖ 2,000 tacticl worhedz at hiz dspozl, w mst hop ɖ Ruśn prezidnt’s wornñz r tacticl

Frîde 29 Epril 2022

Az ɖ wor in Ycren n its consiqnsz wìcn Ruśa’z cnvnśnl militri, Vḷdīmir Pūtin’z guvnmnt hz rzortd t ńclir ʈrets dzînd t pṛjct streñʈ. Mr Pūtin wonts t intiṃdet hiz oponnts. Bt hiz straṭji z felñ. Instd v Ycren’z alîz bacñ dǎn, ɖe r stepñ p ɖer s’port. Ɖ YS Congres ɖs wīc apruvd $11bn v armz t Ycren, ʈri tîmz ɖ totl militri ed Wośñtn hz so far gvn.

Ɖ YS prezidnt, Jo Bîdn, wz rît t cōl ǎt Mr Pūtin fr mcñ “îdl coments” abt ńclir wepnz. It z unʈnc̣bl ɖt blundrz n mscalkleśnz wd tec ɖ wrld t ɖ éj v ɖ ńclir abis. Yt ɖt z ẃr ɖ wrld z hedñ. Ẃr-az ɖ Kbn misîlcrîsis lastd 13 dez, Ruśa’z wor z olrdi intu its ʈrd munʈ. Wɖ no clir end in sît, mor dedli batlz lc inevitbl – incrisñ ɖ ćansz v mstecs.

Mr Pūtin cd b yzñ ńclir reṭric t gv ɖ apiṛns v biyñ unstebl. Hiz wor z ilīgl n imoṛl. Hiz justiḟceśn fr startñ ɖ inveźn wz mcābra n lūdicṛs. Hvr, ɖs me b an act. Ruśa’z prezidnt cd b trayñ t bac cowrsiv dploṃsi wɖ ɖ “madmn ʈiyri” v ʈreṭnñ xesiv fors, ẃć includz ɖ spectr v ńclir wepnz. Hvr dis’griybl ɖs mt sīm, a raṣ́nl Mr Pūtin, wɖ 2,000 tacticl ńclir worhedz, z prefṛbl t an iraśnl wn.

Ɖ consntreśn v sć pǎr in wn man’z handz òt t mc ɖ wrld sit p. Ruśa hz fy mec̣nizmz t privnt Mr Pūtin rzortñ t ńclir wepnz f h dsîdd h hd nʈñ t lūz. In ɖ Gardịn last munʈ, Crisṭfr S Ćivis at ɖ Carnegi Indǎmnt fr Inṭnaśnl Pīs rout ɖt in worgem s’nārioz h hd tecn part in, ẃć cnsidrd ẃt wd hapn f Ruśa hit Ycren wɖ ńclir wepnz, ɖ onli we v diesc̣leśn wz ẃn “clir p’liticl of-ramps n lînz v cḿṇceśn btwn Mosco n Wośñtn hv rmend opn. In ol ɖ uɖr gemz, ɖ wrld z besicli dstroid.”

Ɖt z ẃ ɖ YS prezidnt hz bn cerfl nt t pṛvîd Ruśa wɖ a rīzn t g ńclir. Mr Bîdn md it clir ɖt ɖ YS wd nt ples būts on ɖ grǎnd, istabliś a no-flî zon or cnduct inṭconṭnntl b’listic-misîl tsts. Ẃt Mr Bîdn hz śoun z ɖt cnvnśnl anti-tanc n antiercraft tecnoḷjiz hv rīćt a ny levl v cepbiḷti, wn ẃć hz rendrd cnvnśnl invedñ grǎndforsz – unls oṿẃlmñli mast – olmst obṣlīt. Mr Bîdn hz bn śrūdr ɖn mor guñhǒ Deṃcrats or ɖer îdịlojicl soulmets faund in Boris Jonsn’z guvnmnt.

Fest wɖ costli militri setbacs, Mr Pūtin hz rīfoc̣st Ruśa on tîṭnñ its hold in Ycren’z īst n sǎʈ. Ɖ fîtñ mt gt wrs bfr it gts betr. Psywñ Cyīv’z objctivz ʈru reḷtivli liṃtd mīnz hz wrct, ɖo Ruśa hz bn ebl t targit sviłnz indiscrimiṇtli. Ycreńnz hv evri rît t dfîn ɖer wor emz. So d ɖer Nato alîz. Wn v ɖer golz z nt t incris ɖ ćansz ɖt ɖ wor bcmz a ptnṣ́li ńclir conflict. Wstn līdrz śd ɖrfr rjct pṛvoc̣tiv n esc̣letri rqsts ǎt v hand. Nʈñ els cd b mor denjṛs.

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