A military convoy that could be carrying up to six nuclear-capable warheads was seen near the end of last week moving across Scotland, which happens at the war between Russia and Ukraine continued to rage and Russian President Vladimir Putin has set his nuclear forces on their highest alertness as he continues his full-scale invasion.
“The convoy was carrying up to six nuclear warheads only a mile south of Glasgow city centre, heading to Royal Naval Armaments Depot Coulport on Loch Long, according to NukeWatch, an organization that tracks and monitors the convoys that transport the UK’s Trident nuclear warheads,” reported the Daily Mail. “The nuclear-armed convoy passed over Erskine Bridge, heading up along the M6 motorway near Kendal, before being spotted on the M74 at Lesmahagow and arriving in Loch Long at approximately 11:30pm on Saturday.”
“I think there were four warhead carriers I believe. Our reckoning is that each of those trucks can carry two but one of the trucks is empty as a spare in case [sic] breaks down,” stated Jane Tallents, the Nukewatch UK Campaigner, to one local outlet. “So if there’s four we expect there to be six warheads, or up to six warheads anyway.”
This organization seems to claim that the most probable reason that these warheads were transferred was for standard maintenance needs, and not to start their preparations for their use in the war.
“I don’t think this convoy is of any more concern than the fact that we are always, 24/7, armed and ready to start a nuclear war,” Tallents stated. “All the things that some of us have worried about constantly since the 60s, they come to pass really. People have forgotten about it but they are there.”
This move takes place as the war in Ukraine has almost hit the one-month mark since the initial incursion of Russian forces.
In the wake of Putin invading Ukraine, he sent out the order for the nuclear forces of the country to be placed on the highest level of alertness.
“Citing ‘aggressive statements’ by NATO and tough financial sanctions, Putin issued a directive to increase the readiness of Russia’s nuclear weapons, raising fears that the invasion of Ukraine could lead to nuclear war, whether by design or mistake,” stated the Associated Press in the report. “The Russian leader is ‘potentially putting in play forces that, if there’s a miscalculation, could make things much, much more dangerous,’ said a senior U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss rapidly unfolding military operations.”
Various officials in the U.S. have been warning that Putin just may try and brandish nuclear threats as the war seems to be going more in the favor of the Ukrainian forces as they have ground the initial momentum of the Russian assault to a standstill.
“Protracted occupation of parts of Ukrainian territory threatens to sap Russian military manpower and reduce their modernized weapons arsenal, while consequent economic sanctions will probably throw Russia into prolonged economic depression and diplomatic isolation,” stated the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lieutenant General Scott Berrier, as part of a report. “As this war and its consequences slowly weaken Russian conventional strength. Russia likely will increasingly rely on its nuclear deterrent to signal the West and project strength to its internal and external audiences.”