It would take years, hundreds of millions of dollars and a willingness to become a global outcast for Ukraine to enact the possibility voiced Sunday by its defense minister of becoming a nuclear power again, military and political analysts said Monday.
“If today we cannot defend [Ukraine], if the world will not help us, we will be forced to return to creating this weapon, which will defend us against Russia,” Valery Geletey told reporters at a news conference in Kiev.
Geletey clarified, however, that changing Ukraine’s nuclear status is not on the agenda right now.
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