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Nuclear weapons

Once it became clear that Russia was failing to achieve its goals in its invasion of Ukraine, rhetoric in the Kremlin increasingly turned toward the use of nuclear weapons against Ukraine (see Wikipedia page about nuclear threats at first link below). There has been widespread concern that Russia would use nuclear weapons, but memes of this type will often present Russian President Vladimir Putin as bluffing in this regard, implying that threats about nuclear weapons are empty. In March 2023, Putin announced his plans to position some of his nuclear arsenal in Belarus, and some memes will mention this relocation and China’s opposition to the move. Many memes will also point to the ongoing stress experienced by Ukrainians, who live everyday under the threat of nuclear attack.