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March 30, 2022
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After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Ukraine held about one third of the Soviet nuclear arsenal, the third largest in the world at the time, as well as significant means of its design and production. In 1994, Ukraine gave up its nuclear weapons in line with the Budapest Memorandum, but in the subsequent years, the country’s politicians privately regretted this decision. President Zelensky’s hints that the Budapest Memorandum could be revised are believed to have prompted Russia’s military response.

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How Close Was Ukraine to Getting Its Own Nukes?

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Ukraine held about one third of the Soviet nuclear arsenal, the third largest in the world at the time, as well as significant means of its design and production. In 1994, Ukraine gave up its nuclear weapons in line with the Budapest Memorandum, but in the subsequent years, the country’s politicians privately regretted this decision. President Zelensky’s hints that the Budapest Memorandum could be revised are believed to have prompted Russia’s military response.

(Click on the image to enlarge)