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Ukraine, Nuclear Weapons, and Security Assurances at a Glance

At the time of Ukraine's independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Ukraine held the third largest nuclear arsenal in the world, including an estimated 1,900 strategic warheads, 176 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), and 44 strategic bombers. By 1996, Ukraine had returned all of its nuclear warheads to Russia in exchange for economic aid and security assurances, and in December 1994, Ukraine became a non-nuclear weapon state-party to the 1968 nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT).

Well intended, but completely off base as this chance for nuclear negotiations passed two decades ago.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jul 25th, 2022 at 06:52:49 PM EST
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