NATO faced with Moscow’s terrifying plot for seven-day nuclear war in unearthed documents

NATO: Expert reveals Soviet Union’s 'plan' to win WW3

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Russia claims it is pulling back some of its troops from near its shared border with Ukraine. The defence ministry said that large-scale drills continued but that some units were returning to their bases in a statement earlier today. It did not, however, set out how many are leaving, and it is not yet clear if it will de-escalate tensions.

More than 100,000 Russian troops had amassed at Ukraine’s border, but Moscow has consistently denied it is planning an attack.

Many have argued that President Vladimir Putin wants to reestablish Russia’s former power base and sphere of influence in the former Soviet States, of which Ukraine was a part.

In 2005, Poland, following the national elections, released a possible World War 3 scenario that was drawn up by the Soviet Union in 1979, in order to “draw a line under the country’s Communist past”, and “educate the Polish public about the old regime”.

In what was known as the ‘Seven Days to the River Rhine’ exercise, the military simulation depicted the Soviet bloc’s vision of a seven-day nuclear war between NATO and Warsaw Pact forces.

The latter included all of the then-Soviet states — Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia — as well as countries sympathetic to the communist cause, which were often labelled as satellite states for the Soviet Union, including Albania, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, and the German Democratic Republic (East Germany).

The archived military document revealed how most of Europe would have been laid to waste, showing how Pact forces would have responded to an attack by NATO.

A series of red mushroom clouds were drawn over western Europe, indicating that Soviet nuclear weapons strikes would have been launched at the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany), the Netherlands, Denmark and Belgium.

Red clouds were placed over the then-West German capital, Bonn, and other key German cities such as the financial centre of Frankfurt, Cologne, Stuttgart, Munich and the strategically important northern port of Hamburg.

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Brussels, the political capital of NATO, would also have been targeted.

Blue mushroom clouds, representing the expected NATO nuclear strikes, were drawn over cities in the eastern bloc, including Warsaw and the then-Czechoslovakian capital, Prague.

France would have escaped an attack, as would the UK, which experts claimed suggested Moscow wanted to stop at the Rhine to avoid overstretching its forces.

On releasing the archived plans, Radosław Sikorski, who was then-Polish defence minister and is now a member of the European Parliament, said: “The objective of the exercise on this map is to take over most of western Europe ‒ all of Germany, Belgium and Denmark.”

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In addition to the plan, 1,700 Warsaw Pact papers were also released from Poland’s military archive.

Mr Sikorski said: “This is crucial to educating the country on the way Poland was an unwilling ally of the USSR in the cold war.

“The map shows a classic Warsaw Pact exercise ‒ it was a ‘counter’ attack to defend itself by going all the way to the Atlantic.”

He said he believed the map showed how Moscow was prepared to sacrifice Poland to save the Soviet Union.

At the time, NATO’s policy of retaining the right to a first nuclear strike — because the Soviet Union had far superior conventional forces — meant Polish troops dug in by the River Vistula would have been wiped out.

Mr Sikorski, who was appointed in 2005 when the Law and Justice party won a surprise victory after pledging to cleanse the country of its communist past, added: “This map is a moving and shattering personal experience.

“It shows that the Polish army was being used to participate in an operation that would have resulted in the nuclear annihilation of our country.”

It was estimated that two million Polish civilians would have been killed as a result of the exercise.

Meanwhile, today a defence statement carried on Russian media said the country was withdrawing some of the troops conducting exercises in military districts bordering Ukraine.

Defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said: “A number of combat training exercises, including drills, have been conducted as planned.”

Some exercises, however, are continuing, like a large joint Russia-Belarus drill, due to end on February 20.

And while many have welcomed the withdrawal of some troops, others have drawn attention to the fact that new trains with equipment keep arriving in the region.

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