War in Ukraine

The unknowable mind: Will Putin risk going nuclear?

The bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 killed 70,000 people, but those bombs had just a fraction of the strength of the smallest bombs available to Russia today. The Business Post asked some experts how seriously we should take the Russian leader’s threat to use nuclear weapons in his war with Ukraine

The Victory Day military parade Russian President Vladimir Putin presides over a huge Victory Day parade celebrating Picture: Getty

“Then a tremendous flash of light cut across the sky . . . It seemed a sheet of sun,” wrote John Hersey in Hiroshima, his seminal book about the explosion of August 2, 1945, and the city and people who were annihilated by it.

One of the people who witnessed the bomb’s effects was the Reverend Kiyoshi Tanimoto, who was on his way to unload a cart of clothes at a house in the city’s ...