posted on Mar, 24 2014 @ 11:52 AM
When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the newly independent Ukraine had on its territory what was the third largest strategic nuclear
weapons arsenal in the world. It was larger than those of Britain, France, and China combined. On June 1, 1996 Ukraine became a non-nuclear nation
when it sent the last of its 1,900 strategic nuclear warheads to Russia for dismantling. The first shipment of nuclear weapons from Ukraine to
Russia (by train) was in March 1994. In return for giving up its nuclear weapons, Ukraine, the United States of America, Russia, and the United
Kingdom signed the 1994 Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances, pledging to respect Ukraine territorial integrity, a pledge that was arguably
broken by Russia's 2014 invasion of Crimea.
Ukraine had 220 strategic weapon carriers on its territory, including:
46 sophisticated SS-24 missiles
25 Tu-95MS heavy strategic bombers carriers
19 Tu-160 supersonic strategic bombers carriers
1,080 long-range cruise missiles
plus several hundred 'Other' units of a tactical nuclear weapons.
They gave up their warheads but kept many of the original launch platforms. on top of that the National Science Center
Kharkov Institute of Physics and Technology The place where they built and designed nukes
is still around
While basically decommissioned.... Ukrainian nuclear weapon bases have long sat abandoned... but the launch platforms remain. stacked out rockets and
missiles with only their warheads and fuel removed.
After the disintegration of the USSR, Ukraine found itself in possession of the world's third largest nuclear arsenal. There were 176
intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launchers with some 1,240 warheads on Ukrainian territory. This force consisted of 130 SS-19s, each capable
of delivering six nuclear weapons, and 46 SS-24s, each armed with ten nuclear weapons. An additional 14 SS-24 missiles were present in Ukraine, but
not operationally deployed with warheads. Several dozen bombers with strategic nuclear capabilities were armed with some 600 air-launched
Granted "Complete" liquidation of ICBMs was completed in January 4, 2001....The bombers are gone... But... the Ukraine was the place where most of
these weapons were first designed, built, and deployed... Many of those people involved still live in and around those bases. Many of the facilities
used to build nukes are still there and ready to make operational again.
So then the big question is...
will Ukraine remember that fact and if they do, if their not already doing it... How long will it take them to slap together a new nuke at of all
those left over parts they have scattered all over the place?
edit on 24-3-2014 by HardCorps because: (no reason given)