The UK should mobilise to protect against the threat of nuclear war, a new poll of Express.co.uk readers has found. Last week, Vladimir Putin threatened to employ nuclear weapons to defend his territory, marking the biggest escalation since the invasion of Ukraine began six months ago.
Live on state television, the Russian president said: “I want to remind you that our country also has various means of destruction.
“If the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will certainly use all the means at our disposal to protect Russia and our people. This is not a bluff.”
In the address, he also accused western countries of plotting against Russia, claiming: “The aggressive anti-Russian policy of the West has crossed all lines.
“Those who blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the wind can turn in the other direction.”
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In response, Express.co.uk ran a poll from 4pm on Thursday, September 22, to 9am on Thursday, September 29, asking readers: “Should the UK mobilise to protect against the threat of nuclear war?”
In total, 2,189 people cast their votes with the majority, 65 percent (1,430 people) answering “yes”, the UK should mobilise to protect against nuclear war.
A further 32 percent (695 people) said “no”, while three percent (64 people) said they did not know either way.
Hundreds of comments were left below the accompanying article as readers shared their thoughts on nuclear war.
Many readers were in favour of the UK preparing resources for nuclear war, with one reader username Leytonman writing: “We are being openly threatened with nuclear weapons. It’s only right to get prepared to retaliate.”
Username Atra said: “There will be defence systems already mobilised and in place.”
Another, username BobPage said: “I’d hope that our professional armed forces are always prepared to do what they can to stop a nuclear strike on us.”
Username uncivilservant wrote: “The only effective protection against nukes is having your own.”
And username adastral wrote: “As a fully participating member we will no doubt act in accordance with NATO guidance.”
Meanwhile, username Shelaghh said: “If they press the button and we press the button, its bye bye world. No amount of mobilising is going to change that.”
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at the UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine on Thursday, September 22 that talk of nuclear conflict was “totally unacceptable”.
Russia reportedly has 6,257 nuclear warheads in comparison to the UK’s 225.