In a terrifying turn of events on February 26, Vladimir Putin raised the spectre of a nuclear holocaust, posing the biggest ever menace to humanity. Russia has warheads enough to obliterate the capitals, secondary cities and more, of virtually every country in the West.
Putin’s invasion of Ukraine hit the pandemic-wearied world like a freight train – evaporating the 24/7 focus on Covid-19. Every forum – NATO, the EU, the United Nations Security Council and General Assembly, the G7 nations; sports bodies, oil companies, banks, airlines – is trying to defuse the threat, but may be bringing it nearer.
US President Joe Biden, in his State of the Union address on March 1 described Putin as “menacing” and his ambassador to the UN said the Russian was employing “every means possible to actually put fear in the world”. Ukraine’s ambassador said Russia is “scaring everyone”.
It can be said, right now, that a great many “men’s hearts [are] failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth”. (Luke 21:26)
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