While a lot of the focus in post-regime change Ukraine has been on
neo-Nazi parties, today’s eye-opening comments come from the moderate
Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform (UDAR), as one of their members
of parliament is calling for the nation to launch a new nuclear weapons program.
MP Pavlo Rizanenko dubbed Ukraine’s post-Soviet disarmament a “big
mistake,” saying the nation thought it was getting a pledge for
unconditional military aid from the United States and Britain as part of
The Budapest Memorandum had all the signatories promising to respect
Ukraine’s political independence, but did not oblige any of the
signatories to attack anyone else.
At its founding, Ukraine had 1,900 nuclear warheads. The last of
those arms were exported in June 1996, and Ukraine is now a non-nuclear
weapons signatory to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT).
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