He threatened any country that interfered in his invasion of Ukraine with “consequences greater than any you have faced in history.”
He placed his nuclear forces on high alert and held exercises with them.
And then he proclaimed that Western sanctions amounted to a “declaration of war” against Russia.
The fate of humanity suddenly seems to be in the unsteady hands of an isolated, frustrated, and potentially unhinged Vladimir Putin.
And people are understandably panicked about that prospect.